Protesters in Kano pour out again today despite the panicky measures taken by Governor Kwankwaso. The governor had tried very hard to prevail on Labor leaders to suspend staging a street procession, but Labor leaders sensed the danger of been percieved as sell-outs and therefore reached a compromise with the state government to avoid going around the city. The protests was conducted by ataging an orderly procession that took off from “Liberation Square” and terminates at the Fly over of the Western Bye-Pass along Zaria road.
All roads leading to the Kano Government House was barricaded and manned by a combined team of heavily armed anti-riot police, military amd other para-military guards. The Government House was cordonned off and several hundreds of government sponsored thugs were seen ferociously guarding the walls and gates while the police looked on.
Despite the peaceful conduct of the processions, most of the protesters expressed disgust at the announcement made by the national body of the NLC/TUC in which the suspension of the strike action was announced. Most participants regard the Labor Union’s announcement as a betrayal, considering that Kano made the highest sacrifice by loosing the lives of not less than 12 youths in the wake of the Mass Action.
This reporter observed that majority of protesters did not share NLC’s line of reasoning, they vow to continue with the protests with or with out approval of Labor Union. There is a series of meeting been held at the moment at one of the Conference Hall of Bayero University Kano (BUK) where ASUU and other professional bodies together some Civil Society Organisationa are reviewing issues and considering the next line of action, probably distancing Kano from NLC’s suspension of the strike. There is every likelihood that in Kano, the strike would continue.
The said meeting at the university campus rose at 7pm – and the Kano State NLC chairman addressed the press – indicating that the national body of the NLC did not consult with the Kano State chapter prior to agreeing to call of the strikes and protests. The State Chairman, Malam Dangogoya reinstated that the mass protest and strike will continue in Kano State until the federal government reverses back to the N65 per liter demand that the NLC had original laid on the table.
Dangogoya continued to add that the delegation led by Omar embarrassed and betrayed the people of Kano State. This he noted while adding that if necessary that they will remove the NLC T-shirts and Caps – and continue the mass protests as citizens of Kano. “We will march tomorrow. We are not part of the deal between Omar and Jonathan. We represent the people of Kano“.
Of the records, a member of the Kano State NLC executive told 247ureports.com that the NLC in Kano State is in effect pulling out of the agreement reached between the national body and the federal government. The executive went on to indicate that Omar ans Esele may have been compromised into agreeing to call off the strike and the protests.