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June 12: ‘Our protest against bad governance’

By Tola Gbadamosi & Saheed Ibrahim

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Youth and residents of Ondo State joined their counterparts in Abuja, Lagos, Oyo, Ogun and other states to storm the streets in large number, demanding an end to terrorism, hunger, kidnapping, rape, and bad economy.
The youth, who converged at Post-Office junction, Akure, marched through the major roads of the capital city with chants and placards bearing inscriptions such as #End Terrorism, We’re fighting for democracy, save the economy, save Nigeria, no more open grazing, stop the killings, among others.
Streets, motor parks, shops and offices were deserted as people were scared to go about their normal daily activities.
Some of the protesters, including Engineer Combat Ewaliefo and Miss Bukola Oledemi told The Hope that they were expressing their grievances against bad governance in the country.
“We are showing our grievances, we are tired about the killings, kidnaping of farmers in the city. We need good governance in Nigeria. That is why, we are on the street today end bad governance, and end insecurity.
“Today suppose to be Democracy Day but what we have is tyrancy, it seems the Constitution is dead. We are tired, we can’t stay at home doing nothing. It is better we come on the street to show are grievances. We will never make the same mistake of our elders,” they said.
One of the focal persons among the protesters, a lawyer, Tope Temokun however noted that the protest was not against the Fulanis or any ethnic but against oppression and bad governance in the country.
His words, “First and foremost, we have to clarify; the mission of this movement is not against any individual. It is against a systemic government that has continued for the past few years to fail the country.
“Few minutes ago, we saw people with posters of Fulani must go and we cautioned them. This protest is not about the Fulanis; it is left for Nigerian citizens to decide how they want to stay together.
“If the Yoruba people believe that the Fulanis must leave their land and the Fulanis believe that the Yorubas must also leave their land, that is not part of the agenda of today.
Temokun said insecurity, bad economy, high cost of living and other issues bedevelling the Nigeria are more than June 12 celebration and this necessitated storming the streets to cry to the world that enough is enough.
The protesters marched from Post-Office to Oja Oba, High Court road, NEPA round about, Isinkan market before terminating the protest at Cathedral area.

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