Protests: Nigerians Are Hungry, Angry, Group warns Tinubu

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The Socialist Workers’ League (SWL) has warned President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Federal Government that the ongoing mass protests in parts of the country are just a little of what will happen in the country soon, saying that a revolution is imminent.

The group, through a statement signed by Comrade Kunle Wizeman Ajayi, SWL National Chairman, and Amara Nwosu, National Secretary, respectively, maintained that President Tinubu’s poverty and hardship policies would inspire mass actions, the type that had never happened before.

The SWL, in the statement, regretted that President Tinubu was suggesting that the protests against the excessive costs of living and other hardships in Minna and Kano were inspired by the opposition parties.

It stressed: “The president is simply beating about the bush and finding excuses. Nigerians will rise quite more significantly in the coming periods.

“The Nigerian people have reached our endurance limits in regard to the messy situations into which this administration continues to plunge the country.”

The group stated that the Naira had depreciated in value by over 50% since March 2023, while food prices had skyrocketed.

It noted that a bag of rice had been selling at over N60,000 and a sachet of drinkable water had risen to N25, adding that Nigerians had endured enough and would not take government excuses anymore.

The SWL stated: “Tinubu’s presidency has simply run out of ideas to address the consequences of his catastrophic neoliberal policies, as such, he believes that the old method of blaming the past and churning out tons of excuses will buy him time. This will work this time!

“The experiences of the January uprising against fuel subsidy removal in 2012 and the EndSARS protests in 2020 have taught the Nigerian masses that only through mass revolts will things change for the better.

“The use of ‘force’ against both the Minna and Kano protests will soon become ineffective because the Nigerian people simply have nothing else to lose but their chains.

“The mass protests will soon take a more national quality, which the military and police will find difficult to stop. It is an idea whose time has come!

“The Socialist Workers League (SWL) calls on all organisations of the oppressed to start networking robustly and prepare for the new uprisings against the effects of neo-liberal policies of this anti-people’s government.

“Nigerians will rise en masse and they need revolutionaries to organise them to take power away from the ruinous ruling class whose larger-than-life existence makes them oblivious to our sufferings.

“Minna and Kano are flashes of actions to come. It is time to hone their potential to result in revolutionary liberty through organisational leadership from the left.”