By Imanuel Jannah
A civil society group, National Rebirth Group (NRG) has said it is planning to stage a one-million-man protest against the economic policies of the federal government, which it described as “anti-people” and “inconsistent with democratic principles.”
The group disclosed this in a press statement signed and issued in Abuja by its National Chairman, Salisu Mohammed on Thursday.
According to the Mohammed, the pervading poverty in the land, disabling inflation rate, and attendant widespread hunger occasioned by suffocating and ill-advised economic policies of government needs to be brought to an end; adding that the protests will add to the voices that have hitherto called on the federal government to address the economic ills that have dashed the hope of the people in a national rebirth.
He said that the group will spare neither efforts nor resources in waging a relentless campaign and mobilizing against bad governance.
Mohammed said: “We call on civil society organizations, market women, the organized labour, youths and students to join hands with us in the struggle to bring an end to the pervading poverty, disabling inflation rate, and attendant widespread hunger occasioned by suffocating and ill-advised economic policies of this administration.
“They must join us in categorically telling the makers of these harmful policies that we gave our votes and not our rights; we gave our votes and not our liberty; we gave our votes and not our freedom; we gave votes and not our consciences, and we are prepared to uphold and protect this chosen stance with all the consequences this choice implies.
“NRG openly professes its strong repugnance to a deplorable situation in which majority of Nigerians have been wantonly abandoned to wallow in unspeakable ignorance and disease.
“We want to make it abundantly clear that the drastic negative slide or our currency is unacceptable and would not be tolerated.
“In the same vein, we reject and shall strongly resist the rising cost in pricess of essential commodities which has gone out of reach of our people who are currently living in abject squalor – it must stop.
“Over the years, Nigerian leaders and their allies have been paying lip-service and offering cosmetic solutions to these well;-entrenched problems whose solution require fundamental and holistic approach.
“Nigerians must be reminded of the sacrifices and struggles they made to bring about democracy and this government which is predicated on the CHANGE mantra.
“To remain mute and docile in the face of the excruciating difficulty would compound the problems of our people’s belief in the democratic system capable of creating apathy and refusal or our citizens to participate in future elections.”