Harsh policies: #RevolutionNow protesters demonstrate in Osogbo amid clampdown by DSS

 

Ekene Agbor, Osogbo
Members of the #RevolutionNow movement on Thursday morning stormed major streets in Osogbo, capital of Osun State to protest alleged harsh policies implemented by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
The protesters, who had gathered at the Old-Garage area of Osogbo around 8:30am, were chanting anti-government songs to condemn the hardship faced by Nigerians
News Boom sighted the protesters mounting a Hilux van while being followed by heavily armed operatives of the Department of State Security.

The  Coalition for Revolution (CORE), the organisers of the #RevolutionNow protest, had announced plans to hold a mass action against poor governance in Nigeria on October 1st.

The group, led by a former presidential candidate and Sahara Reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore, said the demonstration is to demand the reversal of “anti-people policies implemented by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.”

According to the movement, “These harsh policies that have bored a burdensome hole into the pockets of the Nigerian people are coming at a time when citizens are recovering from the adverse effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, a global health crisis that was also mismanaged by the Buhari’s government further plunging already struggling citizens into deeper financial problems.”

“It also comes at a time when there is an unprecedented dictatorial-style crackdown on free speech, dissent, activism, journalism and the right to associate and congregate peacefully and protest.”

Amongst its demands, CORE clamoured for the reversal of the hike in the price of petrol from N148 to N151, an end to” “state-supervised and approved impunity under the watch of President Muhammadu Buhari” and the sacking of all service chiefs in the country due to their “proven incompetence in finding a lasting solution to the Boko Haram insurgency which has claimed and is still claiming the life of Nigerians daily.”

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3 thoughts on “Harsh policies: #RevolutionNow protesters demonstrate in Osogbo amid clampdown by DSS

  1. Dialogue achieves more than demonstrations in the Nigerian environment of today. No matter who is in power or which party, they all look at people holding placards the same way…as enemies.

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