Market women, drivers, commercial motorbike and tricycle riders, youths, and members of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) as well as aggrieved Nigerians trooped out on Wednesday to protest against “Tinubu’s anti-poor policies and hardship in the land,” following the removal of fuel subsidy by President Bola Tinubu.

The protest took off from the NLC secretariat in Asaba with protesters displaying placards bearing messages such as “Repair our refineries”, “No to increase in fuel price”, “Reverse all anti-poor policies of government now”, “Workers now spending 70 percent of their salaries on transportation” and “Resistance is the only solution to tyranny”.

The protest led to gridlock on major roads and streets in Asaba.

The protesters, led by the state chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Goodluck Ofobruku, lamented how workers “spend all their monthly salaries on transportation alone as a result of the removal of fuel subsidy by the Tinubu-led federal government without taking into consideration the plights of the masses”.

The protesters who expressed displeasure with the hardship and cost of living inflicted on Nigerians by Tinubu’s administration, called on the federal government to as a matter of urgency and importance reverse the subsidy removal and address the lingering hardship and suffering of Nigerians.

The protesters also called on President Tinubu to introduce new policies with a human face and shun policies that will continue to make the rich richer and the poor poorer.

SaharaReporters observed that the police and other security agencies were fully on the ground to maintain law and order.

Similarly, protesters marched to the Government House in Owerri, the Imo State capital with placards showing their displeasure with the situation in the country.

They accused the government of being insensitive to the plights of the masses.

Ada Echebime, the NLC chairperson in the state, urged the government to reverse the removal of fuel subsidy.

According to her, workers could barely survive.

The Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Imo State University chapter, Odinaka Ejiogu, urged the government to immediately provide palliatives to make lives more comfortable for Nigerians.