By Victor Ernest
Members of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress on Thursday took to the streets of Lagos to protest what they called poor governance by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
Among the protesters were popular Nigerian entertainer and activist, Charles Oputa (popularly known as Charly Boy), former Trade Union Congress Chairman, Lagos State Chapter, Comrade Akeem Kazeem among others.
Asked why he has been so active in all the protests staged this year, Charly Boy told Concise News that he’s out to voice his frustrations to the government.
“This is the time when people power come to play, we want to hold government responsible, and I am here to say my own mumu don do,” he said.
The protesters marched en-mass as they sing along with the Fela songs playing from the mobile sound system.
On his part, Comrade Kazeem told Concise News that the country is charged and that he believes that we have a responsive government that will listen to Nigerians and ensure that all that needs to be fixed should be fixed in record time.
He added that what the union wants to achieve with the protest is ”to tell the federal government not to relent in the course of fighting corruption and also make them understand that the economy is dying.”
He further said Nigerians are calling on the Federal government to ensure that the appropriate things are done.
“If our refineries are fixed, we won’t solely rely on petroleum; Nigerians are given the chance to have three square meals; jobs are created for the youth, then Nigerians will be happy with this Government.”
Adewale, one of the union members, told our correspondent that the voice of Nigerians must be heard as the union organised the protest to fight for the right of the masses.
Another member of the union, Okeolu Tayo, also said the protest was necessary because of the high cost of living and the lack of basic amenities in the country.