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Poverty, corruption protest rock Lagos and Abuja

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People hold signs during a protest march against Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja,
People hold signs during a protest march against Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja,

LAGOS, NIGERIA-Two of Nigeria’s largest Cities Lagos and Abuja have witnessed hundreds of Nigerians marched to protest poverty and corruption.

Protesters including activist, Omoyele Sowore, in Lagos, carried placards saying ‘Unemployed people hungry and angry’ and ‘President Buhari’s campaign to fight the endemic corruption has not achieved any successful high-profile prosecutions.’

Prices of food and other goods have soared as Nigeria confronts low international prices for oil on which the government depends and a devalued Naira Currency because of massive foreign currency shortages.

The February 6, 2017 protest,  initially was proposed on social media by Hip-Hop Musician 2Face Tubaba Idibia but he decided to call it off after police failure to guarantee the safety  of marchers but  hundreds still turned out to support the Protest theme; I Stand With Nigeria.

The protest come following President Muhammadu Buhari's prolonged absence abroad for medical attention raised political and economic tensions.

A statement from the Nigerian Presidency says the health of President Buhari has improved considerably and would soon return home.

 


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