On May 31st 2020, nigerians stormed the streets of Abuja (Federal Capital Territory), Osun, Lagos and Edo states to protest against poor governance, insecurity, unemployment and poverty in the country.
Civil rights activists, youths and members of the society carried placards with inscriptions such as; “President Buhari speak up”, “Stop Injustice”, “No to Poverty and Unemployment”.
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A prominent Senior Advocate of Nigeria, activitist-lawyer Femi Falana accompanied by his son Falz, were also demonstrators in Lagos. They met with lawmakers of the State House of Assembly at the Lagos State Secretariat located at Alausa, Ikeja.
According to reports from The Nation, Femi Falana discussed the need to evade poverty in order to ensure peace in the country. Also, he spoke on the issues of unemployment and government’s failure in providing proper education for children through the Child Rights Act. This, he suggested, would keep children off the streets.
There were protests at the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State. The protesters urged other residents of the state to take a stand against the injustice and maladministration in the country. Pertaining to the exacerbating insecurity which has led to unlawful killings of innocent citizens in parts of the country, and the devastating level of the economy, demonstrators blamed the leaders for their negligence.
In Edo State, the protest led by Osagie Obayuwana a former Edo Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, was eventually disrupted by members of the state Public Works Volunteers (PUWOV) who claimed the protest was against the state governor, Governor Obaseki and his administration.