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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of politicizing the protests by Nigerians against the prevailing economic challenges and escalating insecurity in the nation.

Residents of Minna, the capital of Niger State, on Monday staged a protests by blocking major roads in the city to express their discontent with the increasing cost of living in the country. Also, a protest also took place in Kano State, highlighting the economic hardship faced by Nigerians.

In response to the protests, the APC alleged that opposition parties were inciting the demonstrations to undermine the administration of Bola Tinubu.

But in a statement released on Tuesday, Debo Ologunagba, spokesperson for the PDP, asserted that the APC cannot intimidate Nigerians from exercising their democratic and constitutional right to protest against the “agonizing poverty, hunger, killings, and other distressing experiences” prevalent in the country.

The leading opposition party in the country characterized the APC’s response to the protests by Nigerians as “insensitive” and accused them of trivializing the life-threatening situation in the country.

The statement reads, “this approach by the APC, instead of listening to the people, is not only offensive but akin to pushing Nigerians to the wall and daring them to do their worst.

“It is an assault on the sensibility of the people that rather than providing answers to how the Tinubu-led APC government in a space of nine months, turned the nation’s economy upside down leading to terrifying food scarcity and catastrophic high cost of living, the APC is seeking to label and clamp down on the suffering masses.”

The PDP alleged that more than 104 million citizens have “sunk deeper” into poverty due to the government’s policies.

“Nigerians can no longer afford their daily meals, with families now going to bed on empty stomachs as the poverty rate soars to over 46%,” the party said.

“Any government that has an idea of macro-economic policy management ought to have recognized that the suffocating policies of abrupt increases in the pump price of petroleum products, high cost of electricity, and arbitrary floating of the naira as executed by the Tinubu administration without due considerations, would have excruciating consequences for the economy, as being witnessed today.

“Today, Nigerians are resorting to suicide, while thousands of our promising youths are leaving the country in droves.”

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