The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused opposition parties of instigating mass protests across some major cities in the country to undermine the administration of President Bola Tinubu.
Overtnews reported on Monday that hundreds of men, women and youths in Minna, the Niger State capital, staged a protest against the rising inflation in the country
The protesters who lamented the hikes in the prices of gas and fuel in the country, blocked major roads in the State to register their displeasure over the rising cost of living.
The lamented that there was no government effort to arrest the situation of the rising cost of food items.
Reacting to the protest in statement on Tuesday, the ruling APC slammed the opposition parties of instigating the protest to undermine the government of President Tinubu, a development it claimed would undermine security and public peace.
In the statement issued by APC National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka, the party said the demonstrations were the manifestation of this “devious” and “unpatriotic plot.”
The statement partly read: “The protests in Minna and Kano on Monday were the manifestation of this devious and unpatriotic plot. That the protests happened simultaneously in both cities is not coincidental.
“It bears a bold stamp of an orchestrated and coordinated effort to instigate unrest and undermine the government. This mercenary opposition tactic is a clear and present threat to public peace and national security.”
Although, the ruling party acknowledged the right of the people to engage in peaceful protest, it warned that people should be vigilant and “not lend themselves to the treacherous attempt by the opposition to promote social strife by its incendiary rhetoric and manipulative plots.”
Morka said that Tinubu-led administration is “solidly committed to doing everything in its power to mitigate the transient pains of critically important reforms that are crucial to economic recovery and sustainable prosperity for all Nigerians.”
This he also said Nigerians owe it a patriotic duty to support the government, adding that the “policy reforms will yield an enduring beneficial transformation of the material conditions of life in the country.”
The party spokesman, however, appealed to Nigerians to shun what he described as “the guile and unpatriotic attempt by opposition elements to destabilize the country for their own base and parochial political gains”.