KANO, MINNA PROTESTS WILL GO NATIONAL, DIFFICULT TO STOP – SWL

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KANO, MINNA PROTESTS WILL GO NATIONAL, DIFFICULT TO STOP – SWL

The Socialist Workers League (SWL) has called on all organisations of oppressed Nigerians to start networking robustly and prepare for the new uprising against the effects of the neo-liberal policies of President Bola Tinubu’s government.

The group noted that the recent protests against hardship and the high cost of goods in Minna, Niger State and Kano, Kano State were the beginning of mass actions like never before against Tinubu’s “poverty and hardship policies”.

A statement issued by the Workers League jointly signed by its National Chair and Secretary, Kunle Wizeman Ajayi and Amara Nwosu respectively said President Tinubu’s suggestion that the protests against the excessive costs of living and hardship in Minna and Kano were inspired by the opposition parties was preposterous.

The statement said, “The president is simply beating about the bush and finding excuses. Nigerians will rise quite more significantly in the coming periods, as the Nigerian people reach our endurance limits in regards to the messy situations into which this administration continues to plunge the country.

“The Naira has depreciated in value by over 50% since March 2023, while food prices have skyrocketed. A bag of rice is about N60,000 and a sachet of drinkable water is now N25. Nigerians have endured enough and will not take government excuses anymore.”

The group lamented that President Tinubu’s administration 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”.

The statement said, “This will not work this time! The experiences of 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 on a more national quality which the military and police ‘will find difficult stop’. It is an idea whose time has come!

“The Socialist Workers League (SWL) calls on all organizations 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 organize 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’s time to hone their potential to result in revolutionary liberty through organisational leadership from the left.”

About Dons Eze

DONS EZE, PhD, Political Philosopher and Journalist of over four decades standing, worked in several newspaper houses across the country, and rose to the positions of Editor and General Manager. A UNESCO Fellow in Journalism, Dr. Dons Eze, a prolific writer and author of many books, attended several courses on Journalism and Communication in both Nigeria and overseas, including a Postgraduate Course on Journalism at Warsaw, Poland; Strategic Communication and Practical Communication Approach at RIPA International, London, the United Kingdom, among others.

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