The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused opposition parties in the country of instigating mass protests to undermine President Bola Tinubu’s government.
The APC said the protests in Minna, the Niger State capital, and Kano State on Monday, February 5, 2024, were the manifestation of the “devious and unpatriotic plot”.
The residents of Niger State took to the streets of Minna on Monday to protest over what they described as biting hardship and the rising cost of living in the country.
The protesters, mostly youths and women, blocked Minna-Bida Road at the popular Kpakungu Roundabout to lament what they called suffering under Tinubu’s government.
They lamented that the country’s economy was getting worse under the present administration.
However, the APC, in a statement issued on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka, said the protests in Minna and Kano were not coincidental.
Morka said: “It bears a bold stamp of an orchestrated and coordinated effort to instigate unrest and undermine the government. This mercenary opposition tactic is a clear and present threat to public peace and national security.
“While we recognize the right of citizens to engage in peaceful protest, we urge our good people to be vigilant and not lend themselves to the treacherous attempt by the opposition to promote social strife by its incendiary rhetoric and manipulative plots.
“The President Bola Tinubu-led administration is solidly committed to doing everything in its power to mitigate the transient pains of critically important reforms that are crucial to economic recovery and sustainable prosperity for all Nigerians.
“It behoves us as good citizens of our beloved country to stand fast with our government in this noble stride. In due time, these policy reforms will yield enduring beneficial transformation of the material conditions of life in the country.
“We implore Nigerians to shun the guile and unpatriotic attempt by opposition elements to destabilize the country for their own base and parochial political gains.”