Oyo Protests Against Exorbitant Living Expenses

The protest in Oyo came after similar actions in Kano, Minna, and other places against the destitution caused by the elimination of fuel subsidies, food inflation, and exorbitant living expenses.

On Monday, protests against the high cost of living, rising food prices, and the nation’s current economic woes broke out in Oyo State, in southwest Nigeria.

En masse, young people holding placards chanted songs to emphasize their ideas during a demonstration in the Mokola neighborhood of Ibadan, the state capital.

A few of the posters read, among other things, “Tinubu, don’t forget your promises,” “End food hike and inflation,” and “The poor is starving.”
Mokola, Oyo State, residents have flocked to the streets to voice their discontent with the high cost of living there.

Even as protesters staged a nonviolent rally against the nation’s economic suffering brought on by the elimination of gasoline subsidies and the unification of foreign exchange windows, armed police officers were visible at the scene.

No disruption of the peace will be permitted during any protest in the state, the police had issued a warning on Sunday.

The Oyo demonstration followed those in Kano and Minna, among other places, against the destitution caused by the elimination of fuel subsidies, food inflation, and exorbitant living expenses.

“Take Action Against Food Hoarders”
President Bola Tinubu gave orders to Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kayode Egbetokun, National Security Adviser (NSA) Nuhu Ribadu, and and Yusuf Bichi, the Director General of the Department of State Service (DSS), to collaborate with governors and pursue individuals who are stockpiling food.

The President rejected the importation of food products and stated that he would not establish a pricing control board at his meeting with the governors of the 36 states last week in Abuja.

Setting up a price control board is something I will not do. The President declared, “I will not also approve the importation of food.”

We ought to be able to escape the predicament we’re in, as imports will make it possible for rent seekers to commit fraud and poor management at the expense of the whole community. Our preference is to provide farmers with incentives that encourage them to work the land and increase the amount of food produced for the nation’s population.

The President said, “We also need to consider how quickly and carefully we can implement our plans for livestock development and management, including dairy farming and other initiatives.”

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