Protesters in Kano on Monday dared President Goodluck Jonathan and the military deployed on the streets of the city, as they trooped out in their thousands to protest the sudden cut in petrol subsidy.
The protesters hit the streets despite heavy deployment of police and soldiers in the city, and in spite of Mr. Jonathan’s reduction of the pump price of gasoline to N97 per litre.
As early as 8 a.m., thousands of protesters began gathering and then marched through Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) roundabout at Kundila to Zaria road by western pass.
Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in the state, Isa Yunusa Danguguwa, ignored directives from the national headquarters of the NLC suspending rallies and mass actions. He led the procession and then addressed protesters.
The protesters chanting anti-Jonathan slogans calling on the president to step down.
The chants of “Koya sauke sai ya sauka” (which means ‘even he reverse the price, let him resign), rent the air while a helicopter belonging to Nigeria Airforce flew overhead.
As at the time of filing this report, Kano is still deserted as commercial activities are yet to resume. Offices, banks and government institutions remained shut and there is little vehicular traffic around town.
Fully armed policemen and soldiers are patrolling the streets with some guarding the Kano Government House, and Silver jubilee roundabout which was tagged by the protesters as ‘Tahrir square’.
Hisbah guards, Civil Defence personnel and other security agencies were sighted in all major roundabouts in the city.