Nigerian Labour Commences Strike and Continue Protests for Rights as Killings of Protesters By the Police Continues

January 14, 2012

Africa, Nigeria


By: Sule Muhammed Lawwal

The Nigerian Labour Congress (N.L.C) commenced its proposed strike against the government removal of fuel subsidy, 9th January, 2012.

The strike is dominated by general protests for rights in the capital city and the entire nation of Nigeria.

The protesters are not the poor masses alone but musicians, writers, ex-government officials and law makers.

The subsidy is said to be ill timed even if its intention is for the growth and development of the country.

The labour leader, Abdulwaheed Omar announced that six persons were killed in Maiduguri and three in Lagos totaling nine in total. Abdulwaheed Omar stated that it is wrong for things like this to occur in a democratic nation.

In an earlier protest, two persons were killed in Kwara state including Muyideen Mustapha, a student who just concluded secondary school at Command Secondary School, Maitama and Abuja.

Arrests and detention of activists and the masses have been continuing as the protests rage.

Critics argue that the subsidy removal should have come when the refineries in the country were working. Domestic refining of crude oil is at a maximum and proposed private refineries are near completion to reduce its impact on the masses.

Many Nigerians view this newly enacted policy as cruel and against their rights as citizens of Nigeria and an oil producing country.

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