The protest against the removal of oil subsidy heightened yesterday in Ado Ekiti as the organized labour and the civil society groups vowed to take their subsequent demonstrations to the Government House.
The protesters, led by the Messrs Ayodeji Aluko and Kolawole Olaiya of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC), took off from the Basiri Area the state capital, marched through Irona to Ijigbo roundabout bearing green leaves and chanting anti-government songs.
Addressing protesters at roundabout where the day’s demonstration was called off, chairman of NLC in the state, Mr Ayodeji Aluko, praised the participants for their courage and urging them not to lose hope as the war against the subsidy removal would be won by the people.
An Islamic cleric, Alhaji Ganiyu Suleiman, who was the representative of the Muslim community called on all religious leaders to mobilize their followers for the protest, adding that “whatever affects the masses also affect us as religious leaders.
“If we disregard religious discrepancies we shall conquer and win this battle. Muslims and Christians are one in this state and we shall continue to live as brothers and sisters,” Sulaiman added.
Another cleric, Rev. Fr. Rapheal Borisade, who represented the Catholic Bishop of Ekiti Diocese, Bishop Felix Femi Ajakaye, blamed the Federal Government and other political leaders for their insincerity.