Thousands of workers took to the streets on Thursday Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos and Federal Capital Territory, Abuja protesting against what they call the effect of President Muhammadu Buhari’s poor governance.
They called on the Federal Government to formulate policies that would reduce hardships and improve the lives of workers.
In Lagos, a News Agency of Nigeria correspondent embedded with the protesters reports that the placard-carrying workers marched from Yaba, to Ikorodu Road, chanting solidarity songs.
The protest was organised by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria.
The Vice-President of the NLC, Mr Amaechi Asugwani, who addressed the protesters intermittently, appealed to government to bring change that would impact positively on the populace.
According to Asugwani, creating people-oriented policies will reduce the worsening poverty in the country.
He said that the rally was necessitated by the outcry of people, worried about the increasing cost of food, goods and services.
“The government should be sensitive to the plight of the people. It has not increased the salaries of workers and many companies have closed because of poor power supply,” the unionist said.
The protest attracted many activists, including maverick artist and former President of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria, Charles Oputa, known popularly as Charlie Boy.
Hundreds of policemen in combat gear were also on hand to monitor proceedings.
In Abuja, the workers led by NLC President, Comrade Aliyu Wabba and their allies defy heavy security as they take their protest to the Aso Rock President villa where they were met by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
The Vice President held a meeting with the labour leaders before leaving the villa. They later went to the National Assembly.
The workers emphasised that they are demanding for good governance, new minimum wage and pro people economic policies.
On Feb. 6, a similar protest was staged in Lagos and other cities in the country.