Skip to comments.Fuel Strike Brings Country to a Halt
Posted on 01/09/2012 2:03:31 PM PST by BlueDragon
Reports from across the country indicate that the nationwide protests called by organised labour and civil society groups to kick against government's decision to remove fuel subsidy was largely successful.
From the nation's commercial capital, Lagos to Kaduna, from Abeokuta to Akure, Kaduna and Kano and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, there was no commercial activity as shops, offices, schools and petrol stations around the country closed on the first day of an indefinite strike called by unions.
In Lagos streets were totally deserted as thousands people have gathered at Gani Fewehinmi Park at Ojota where they listened to speeches made by labour leaders and civil society groups.
According to reports more people were still arriving the Park all the time, even as unconfirmed reports said three protesters had been shot at Ogba area of Lagos with one of them reportedly dead.
In Kano, police fired tear gas and shot into the air to disperse thousands of protesters who were converging on the governor's office. According to a BBC Hausa Service reporter, 12 people were injured during the incident.
The people seem to be blaming this all on Goodluck Jonathan. He's being made the scapegoat.