A 28-year-old man, Nurudeen Lliyasu, has climbed a telecommunication mast in Abuja, to protest the poor economy under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The man was seen on top of the mast at about noon, yesterday at AYA, Abuja.
Posters with different inscriptions were seen along AYA road and at the foot of the mast, which read: `Another hope betrayed battered, mutilated with collapsed economy.
Others include, ‘inflation and hunger is killing Nigerians’, ‘unemployment continues unabated’, and ‘Nigeria is on the precipice of collapse’ among others.
Lliyasu said he would remain on the mast for the next seven days, adding that he was ready to sacrifice his life for the progress of the country.
“I am on hunger strike to protest and register my grievances on the condition of the country; I will remain here for the next seven days and I do not mind if I die here.
“If my dying on this mast will change the economy of this country, then I choose to die for others to live a good life.
“I have not eaten for days and also other Nigerians, if I die on this mast I am not worried, no roads in the states only in the city of Abuja you can see good roads.
”The doctors have said that a man can survive only on water without food for some days, I believe I can and if I cannot I will die.”
Lliyasu said there was nothing working in the country, adding that the education, health system, infrastructure are all in bad shape.
He said he was into transport business and other businesses.
Ayuba Luka, the security man in the area, said he warned Lliyasu against his action when he told him about his intention to climb the mast.
“He came to me I warned him not to climb that mast, but when I left the site, he sneaked in and climbed it.
“I was shocked when I came back and saw him on the topmost part of the mast, I have called my supervisor to come and take necessary action.”
…as President submits nomination form
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday submitted his nomination form at the All Progressives Congress (APC) headquarters in Abuja.
The president was accompanied by some governors and members of his cabinet.
Speaking after submitting the form, Buhari charged the ruling party to do all its best to ensure that the ruling party wins in 2019.
“I’m here in person among friends and colleagues to put my name forward to my party, the All Progressives Congress, seeking nomination to contest the presidential election next year 2019,” he said.
“Fellow party members, I’m taking this step with all humility, sense of responsibility and an unquestionable desire to serve and protect the interest of all Nigerians.
“I’m really grateful to those dozens of organisations who have joined together and contributed fund to purchase this form.
“I assure them and the rest of Nigerians that if nominated and if elected, I shall continue to serve you to the best of my ability. Let me today appeal to party members not to be complacent but to prepare, strategise and win 2019 elections.
“We must not allow those who brought the country to its knees from 1999 to 2015 to take us back.”
A group known as Nigerian Consolidation Ambassadors Network (NCAN) purchased the forms for the president and presented it to him at the presidential villa in Abuja on Tuesday.
The group had told the president that the N45 million raised for the forms was contributed by its three million members.