Human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana, and musician son, Folarin, popularly known as Falz along with many Lagosians took to the streets on Monday to protest against insecurity and poverty ravaging the country.
Under the aegis of the Peoples Alternative Political Movement, the protesters marched from the busy Ikeja Bus Stop to the Governor’s Office through the Secretariat to the Lagos State House of Assembly chanting protest songs.
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The demonstration was tagged ‘Enough is Enough’, and lasted for several hours as youths carried placards which read, ‘No to Exploitation and Multiple Taxation’, ‘Provide Jobs or Unemployment Benefits for Youths’, ‘Provide Security in Schools’, ‘End Kidnapping and Banditry’ and ‘Stop Killings, Secure Nigeria’.
The protesters included trade unions, civil society, students, farmers, and peasants, who were led by Jaye Gaskiya, a foremost activist.
According to Gaskiya, the protest was organized to register displeasure over how badly the country had degenerated.
He expressed worry that Nigeria, characterized by extreme poverty, arms proliferation, religious intolerance, the rise of hate, and ethnic nationalism is moving towards social upheavals due to exploitation of the people, greed, and avarice of a spineless political class that has reached its wit’s end.