#EndHunger Protest Erupts in Lagos Amid Heavy Security

By Lilian Edward, LAGOS |

Protests against the rising hunger in Nigeria have erupted in Ikeja, the capital of Lagos State.

Activists gathered at the Ikeja Underbridge to kick off the #EndHunger protest, brandishing banners with messages like ‘This hunger is too much,’ ‘President Tinubu, let the poor breathe,’ and ‘Reverse anti-people policies.’

Armed police officers were strategically stationed around the Ikeja Underbridge to maintain security and ensure the protest remained peaceful.

This protest coincided with the Democracy Day celebration, a national holiday in Nigeria that commemorates the country’s return to democratic rule.

Despite the heavy security presence, the protesters remained resolute in their demands. They called on President Bola Tinubu to address the worsening hunger crisis and reverse policies they believe are detrimental to the poor and vulnerable populations.

The atmosphere was tense but orderly as the demonstrators voiced their grievances. Many protesters expressed frustration with the government’s economic policies, which they claim have exacerbated poverty and food insecurity in the country.

On Tuesday, the Department of State Services (DSS) and the police issued warnings to those planning protests across the country, urging them to desist from such actions.

The warnings, however, did not deter the activists in Lagos, who were determined to make their voices heard.

One protester, who wished to remain anonymous, said, “We are here to demand action from our leaders. People are suffering, and we cannot remain silent. This hunger is too much, and we need immediate relief.”

The #EndHunger protest has drawn attention to the growing discontent among Nigerians over the economic challenges facing the country.

Many citizens are struggling to cope with high food prices, unemployment, and other economic hardships.

In response to the protest, a spokesperson for the Lagos State Police Command assured the public that the security forces were committed to maintaining peace and order.

“We are here to ensure that the protest remains peaceful and that the rights of all citizens are respected,” the spokesperson said.

As the day progressed, the protesters continued their march, chanting slogans and calling for urgent government intervention to alleviate hunger and improve living conditions.

The protest highlighted the increasing pressure on the Nigerian government to address the country’s economic woes and provide relief to its citizens.

About Olakunle Oyedunmola

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