Protests Against Rising Cost Of Living Are Sponsored – Akpabio

Senate President Godswill Akpabio has alleged that certain street protests denouncing the soaring cost of living in Nigeria are backed by undisclosed sponsors.

Across various regions of the nation, localized demonstrations have erupted, with the most recent occurring in Ibadan, the capital city of Oyo state, this past Monday.

Similar displays of discontent have unfolded in Niger, Kano, and Sokoto states as residents voice their grievances against the prevailing economic challenges.

The surge in inflation across Nigeria follows President Bola Tinubu’s decision to terminate petrol subsidies and unify the exchange rate back in 2023.

Addressing the upper legislative chamber on Tuesday, Akpabio asserted that protesters remain unaware of the extensive efforts undertaken by both the senate and the federal government to address the ongoing crisis.

In his remarks, Akpabio did not provide specific evidence to support his claim of sponsorship behind the protests.

“You can see a lot of sponsored protests here and there but those people are not aware — most of those sponsored protesters are not aware of the kind of efforts made by this senate to tackle the situation together with the management team of the federal government,” he said.

“Unverified reports have it that state governments in the last few months have received additional N30 billion from the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), outside their normal allocations from the federation account, to assist them in ameliorating the food situation.

“So we believe that every state government should utilise the funds received towards ensuring that food is available.”

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