Nigerian protesters break down National Assembly gate, force Senators into emergency closed session
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and their affiliate unions, commenced protests on Wednesday all over the country.
In Abuja, the protesters broke down the first gate of the National Assembly complex and forced their way into the premises.
Reports said the protesters subsequently moved to the second gate of the Assembly Complex forcing Senators into an emergency closed-door session.
Executives of Nigeria’s Organised Labour said the protest is against the alleged anti-people policies of President Bola Tinubu, especially the removal of petrol subsidy that has caused a spike in prices of food items and transportation.
NLC President Joe Ajaero last week demanded the immediate reversal of all “anti-poor policies” of the federal government including the recent hike in petrol price, public school fees, and other requests.
It does not appear possible that the federal government will heed, as President Tinubu had already told Nigerians that he will do away with petrol subsidy even before he was elected.
Of course, his two major opponents in the 2023 presidential election also promised to do the same.
The union leader also demanded an upward review of the minimum wage from N30, 000 to N200, 000 to reflect on the rising cost of living.
Tinubu, who promised to announce a new minimum wage soon on Monday, said he is confident that the fuel subsidy removal is the right decisions for the country at the moment.
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