High cost of living: Kano residents stage peaceful protest

Hundreds of Kano residents on Thursday took to the streets in peaceful protest against the high cost of food items and other essential commodities in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that they staged a protest around the Kurna, Rijiyar Lemu, Bachirawa areas.

This was along the popular Katsina Road in Fagge and Ungogo Local Government Areas of the state.

The protesters decried what they described as the worsening economic situation.

Spokesman of the protesters, Malam Usman Bello of Rijiyan Lemo, said the harsh economic situation has caused untold hardships to masses across the state.

Bello said: “We masses voted for President Bola Ahmed Tinubu; it will not be good of him not to listen to our complaints and address the pathetic economic situation we are facing now.

“To pretend that all is well is dangerous.

“Let those people closer to Mr. President tell him the truth that the masses are suffering and dying of hunger.”

The protesters, who thronged the street along Katsina Road, expressed their grievances.

According to Bello, they had been pushed to the wall, hence the need for them to come out despite the harmattan season.

He added: “Everybody is worried about the situation, hence the need for us to come out and express our displeasure over the situation.

“The situation is worrisome; this prompted us to staged this peaceful protest for the government to come to our rescue.

“People cannot eat three square meals, even the one square meal is now becoming difficult as a bag of rice, which used to go for N25,000 now attracts N70,000.”

.According to Bello, a bag of sugar, which was sold for N8,000 now goes for N75,000.

He added: “We want the government to intervene by coming to our aid because we can no longer bear excruciating pains, but we know President Tinubu is a listening President.”

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