By Fasilat Lawal

Ibadan was the scene of protests today over the high cost of living in the country.

The peaceful protest which took place at Mokola-Roundabout, Sango and UI saw the protesters carrying placards to express their grievances over the harsh economy.

Protesters carried placards with inscriptions such as ‘End fuel hike’, People are suffering’, ‘End constant kidnapping’, Reduce the cost of governance, Save the masses from poverty and hardship and poverty’.

Security personnel in their numbers were seen on the ground to maintain law and order.

Radio Nigeria correspondent reports that the peaceful protest was seen causing gridlock for motorists plying the affected routes.

In an interview with one of the organizers of the protest, who is also a social advocate, Mr Solomon Eniola, he said the protest was a collective effort of aggrieved Nigerians on the need for the government to cushion the unbearable hardship being faced by the masses.

Mr Eniola maintained that Nigerians were not benefiting optimally from basic amenities which are the primary responsibilities of any government to its citizens, hence the need for a peaceful protest to hold the government accountable, especially over the hike in prices of foodstuffs and other services.

Also, another protester, Miss Queen Mobalaji who said the peaceful protest was to press home their demands for the government to address the issues of insecurity and Corruption that are bedevilling the country thereby causing poverty and hunger, appealed to the government to ameliorate the suffering of the people.

Speaking, a cleric who joined the protest,  Pastor Paul Steve advised the government to encourage food importation if that would be the solution to addressing the persistent hunger among the majority of Nigerians.

Pastor Paul noted that the number of farmers in the country could no longer feed a population of over 200 hundred million due to insecurity and inaccessibility to farmlands.

Two of the protesters, Mr Folorunsho Abolade and Mr Ibukun Oluwa Ilesanmi lamented that they decided to voice out to let the government know what they faced as they could not provide meals for their immediate family as prices of food items and other goods kept increasing incessantly.

They, however, appealed to the government to quickly address their demands to save people from dying of hunger.

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