Abuja (IP)- The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) led a nationwide protest on Tuesday to express dismay over the hardship caused by government policies, leading to hunger, poverty, inflation, and insecurity across the country.

Iran PressAfrica: In Abuja, thousands of workers initiated the protest from the Nigerian Labour Congress headquarters, marching through major streets to the National Assembly near the office of President Bola Ahmad Tinubu. Carrying placards with messages such as "End Poverty and Hunger," "Support Local Industries," "Fix Local Refineries," "End Subsidy," "End Naira Devaluation," and "Tax the Rich and Subsidize the Poor," the protesters voiced their grievances regarding the current economic challenges nationwide.

Addressing the crowd at the National Assembly, NLC President Joe Ajaero emphasized the widespread hunger in the country, highlighting the disparity between the cost of living and the minimum wage. He urged the government to address these issues and alleviate the suffering of the people.

A protester in Abuja, Chiamaka, expressed the difficulties faced by the masses due to the current situation in the country, emphasizing the need for government intervention to improve living conditions.

Human rights activist Comrade Deju Adeyenji criticized the government's handling of governance costs and highlighted the disparity between the privileged few and the suffering masses. He called for a reduction in government spending and increased accountability to address the prevalent insecurity and economic challenges facing Nigeria.

Despite being one of Africa's top oil producers, Nigeria continues to import refined petroleum products. The removal of fuel subsidies by President Bola Ahmad Tinubu has exacerbated the country's economic hardships. Additionally, incidents of banditry and kidnapping for ransom are on the rise across Nigeria. 204