A 26-year-old undergraduate simply identified as Nura Iliyasu, on Wednesday mounted a 50-metre mast overlooking the Presidential Villa, Asokoro, Abuja, demanding for the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari.
lliyasu, who also claimed to have embarked on seven-day hunger strike in protest of what he considers the bad leadership of the Buhari administration, called on opposition political parties to unite and produce a formidable candidate that would take over the leadership of the country.
The lone undergraduate protester who was seen on top of the mast at about noon on Wednesday at AYA, Abuja was sighted with posters with different inscriptions: `Another hope betrayed battered, mutilated with collapsed economy.
While revealing that he would remain on the mast for the next seven days, lliyasu added that he was ready to sacrifice his life for the progress of the country.
He said, “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.”
He also claimed that there was nothing working in the country, adding that the education, health system, infrastructure are all in bad shape.
He lamented that life today in Nigeria is evidently not dissimilar to the Hobbesian State of nature in which according to him is too nasty, brutish and short.
He stated that “hyperinflation is “strangulating our people, starvation is prematurely snuffing life out of our people; deprivation and hopelessness is stagnating our youth progress from achieving the perennial slogan of ‘leaders of tomorrow” he added.