On Tuesday, students, workers, and civil society groups took to the streets in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State, to express their dissatisfaction with rising petro prices and rising electricity rates.
The demonstrators, who carried posters with various inscriptions to express their disapproval while singing anti-government songs, gathered in the Avolovo crossroads area of the state capital.
The demonstrators condemned the policies of the regime of the president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retired), and called the recent increase in electricity and fuel prices bad and unreasonable.
The chairman of the Joint Campus Committee of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Mayowa Opakunle, told Tropics News that students in the state totally reject these increases.
Opakunle said: “We are on the streets to register our grievances and show our displeasure at the malicious policies and unfair treatment of Nigerians by the federal government.
“We are saying no to the increase in fuel and electricity prices when many people have lost their jobs, many have not even received their salaries in the last six months.
“The prices of food, other goods, and services have continued to rise while the wages of so many people are being cut in half while others receive no wages at all.
“But despite these difficulties, the government has continued to raise the prices of raw materials. The constant demonstration of incompetence and ignorance by the president and his cabinet is worrying.
The president of the Oyo State Trade Union Congress, Andrew Emelieze, who immediately preceded him, also condemned the increase on the grounds that it would further impoverish the masses.