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By Michael Eboh and Alice Ekpang

The Young Progressives Party, YPP, organized a peaceful protest in Abuja on Tuesday, calling on the federal government to take urgent measures to alleviate the suffering of a large majority of Nigerians.

In a statement issued after the protest, labeled: ‘Defense Walk for Good Governance’, by its Secretary of National Publicity, Comrade Martins Egbeola, the YPP also called for a reduction in the cost of governance, stating that the structure Current governance was no longer sustainable.

The party also called for a reduction in the price of fuel and the electricity tariff, while calling for transparency and accountability in governance, electoral reform and the restructuring of the country.

In addition, he urged the government to reduce the country’s recurring expenses in the budget to 50 percent, indicating that he is available to advise the government on how to carry out the reduction without laying off staff.

He said: “We want to draw the government’s attention to the fact that Nigerians are suffering and the burden is becoming unbearable. It is insensitive to continue increasing taxes on the masses while the frivolous lifestyles of the ruling class do not change.

“It is time for the government to reassess the cost and structure of governance, as the current structure is no longer sustainable and it is prudent for us to accept the reality of restructuring; otherwise it will continue to get worse.

“We challenge the government to cut recurring expenses by 50 percent, and if this government has doubts about how to achieve this, we are ready to offer free experience on how to achieve it without a single official losing their job.

“Desperate times call for desperate measures, and if there is ever a time our leaders need to show empathy, it is now.”

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