Niger state government has appealed to residents to remain calm and allow the government work out plans to mitigate the sharp increase in the cost of living, following the removal of fuel subsidy.
The deputy governor of the state, Yakubu Garba said this while addressing protesters who stormed the streets of the capital, Minna to demand outright reversal of prices of food and other essential services.
According to Garba, the state government is working on ways to provide palliative for the people while consulting the Presidency to further secure provisions that will alleviate the sufferings of the people to nip any form of uprising.
Earlier, the Presidency and ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar, had traded words over the state of the economy and the monetary policies of President Bola Tinubu with Atiku decrying the state of hunger in the land, dragging Tinubu for being passive and unintentional.
However, in a swift response, the Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, said Atiku has embarked on a mission as a poor opposition-in-chief, noting that the reforms the Tinubu government will cause immediate pains but will usher in an era of prosperity in the medium and long terms.