“We are suffering,” Kano residents chant during VP Osinbajo’s visit

“We are suffering, no fuel, no power, no money,” hundreds of Kano residents
chanted on Saturday as they welcomed Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on a
state visit.

The residents in Sabon Gari town were seen carrying placards with different
inscriptions lamenting the current economic situation in one of Nigeria’s
largest city.

Mr. Osinbajo, who visited the Sabon Gari market recently gutted by fire,
also inspected some roads under construction while the residents continued
their chants.

He told the protesters that the government was aware of their sufferings
and had rolled out several policies to cushion the effects.

He also pledged that the federal government will assist the victims of the
market fire which razed over 3,800 shops.

“We will make sure that we provide and support you with what we have to
ensure that people do not suffer.

“I am here to bring greetings from President Muhammadu Buhari and to tell
you that he is with you and standing with you even at this trying moment,”
he said.

He said the Federal Government will support the state government to rebuild
the market to a modern one.

The Vice president commended the state government for steps it had taken so
far to ensure that the victims were relocated and continued their

Earlier in his remarks, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said the state
government had identified 7,000 shops and paid N70 million as one year rent
for the petty traders to enable them resume business activities.

“The state government is also renovating access roads and will provide fire
fighting equipment and other facilities in the market,” he said.