Wednesday, January 04, 2012
Nigerian iReporters offer first glimpse of country's economic protests

 

On January 1, the Nigerian government ended a national subsidy that held down fuel prices in the country. The resulting spike in the price of gasoline has sparked waves of street demonstrations, over both the loss of the subsidy and the perpetually troubled state of the country’s economy. Before most news agencies had cameras on the scene, Nigerian iReporters were telling their world their story and giving us a firsthand look as protests erupted on January 3. Several Nigerian iReporters were also quoted in a recent CNN story on the protests.

 

This uprising follows the months of internal turmoil Nigeria experienced following the election of president Goodluck Jonathan in January 2011. For most of last year, the country was plagued by politically motivated violence and warfare, including terrorist attacks by the militant Islamist group Boko Haram against the U.N. embassy.

 

 

The cost of fuel in Nigeria has more than doubled, according to protester Alex Omamuli: "We used to buy fuel at 65 Naira a liter but it was increased on New Year's Day [to 145 Naira], so this prompted a nationwide protest against this insensitive act by our government," he said. He also claims that the demonstrations were nonviolent, "but our government shot teargas at innocent and peaceful protesters."

 

 

iReporter Kfire, who wishes to remain anonymous, of Lagos, Nigeria's capital, heard about the protests on Twitter and decided to join in. "The aim of the protest was to disrupt vehicular movement, shut down gas stations and ask people to go back home," he said. He expresses the anger and frustration many protesting Nigerians feel towards their government over the sudden increase in fuel prices.

 

 

Boma Tai shared the above video of demonstrations in Ibadan, where protesters also railed against the Nigerian government's handling of the economy and infrastructure, and the lack of basic services like electricity. The protesters chanted "No! to subsidy removal," as they marched.

 

Mass demonstrations are expected to continue, following a joint statement by Nigeria’s two main labor organizations calling for strikes and street protests. If you're protesting in Nigeria right now, help us tell your story, but please stay safe and avoid hazardous or life-threatening situations.

49 Comments
January 4, 2012
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The federal government has threatened to shut down the blackberry internet service so that nigerians would be unable to send messages through blackberry meSsenger and the internet at large..we r crying out to the world,pls we need help

January 4, 2012
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^^^That is true, and they have also asked the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to order local stations to stop broadcasting news on the protests. Let the world hear this, it is going to be tougher than they expected!

January 4, 2012
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The Clampdown has begun. Live Radio Callers are being cut off if they mention the fuel subsidy protests

January 4, 2012
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The only Nigerian tv or radio station talking about the protests is channels tv, all the others are acting like they got visas to come in here.

January 4, 2012
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This current leadership has proved it's incompetence by violating the civil rights of it's citizens by increasing the fuel price, forgetting the fact that nigerians are aware of nigeria being one the world's largest oil producing countries. Believe it or not, we nigerians can no longer tolerate this insanity, and we can do more than tunisia. 

January 4, 2012
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well now it is understandable how strongly incompetent our so called leader is!! Trust me we can do much more than egypt , tunisia and i pray not that this degenrates into a libyan state of doing things!!

January 4, 2012
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PDP once again has shown it's resolve to impoverish Nigerians. Nigerians need to stand up together. We've been sitting for too long. Enough is enough!!

January 4, 2012
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We need to stand up and fight, Nigerians have been suffering for too long from corrupt leaders, well enough is enough, we are against the wall now and we are going to fight back!!!

January 4, 2012
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Protesters in kano were attacked @ 1.30am while they were sleeping, tear gas thrown @ them and shots were fired too. Badluck jonathan is looking for trouble and he is going to get just that!!

January 4, 2012
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The sadest part of all these is that the Nigerian Police is known to run for their lives when armed robbers are attacking. They've also had no success with stopping the manace called Boko Haram but they feel very comfortable to attack an unarmed crowd protesting peacefully for the rights of all of us

 

It's a shame. Nigerians are fighting too many battles at the same time.

We will not relent.

 

#OccupyNigeria

January 4, 2012
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How depressing it is to know that there is no coverage of the callousness and inhumane treatment going on at Liberation Square #Kano #Occupy Nigeria right now...

January 5, 2012
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Enough Is Enough Well Nigerians will not settle for less.. the leadership virus that has destroyed our Nation image is now attacking us it time to reformat and reinstall a new system.... We are tired!

January 5, 2012
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The time for Nigeria harmattan is NOW. Everything will stand still from Monday until there is a reversal of the draconian policy of an unpopular administration.

January 5, 2012
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We can't take this any longer! Now they want to import 1600 transit buses for 160 million people! Who does that? We can all see that they have no idea of what they are doing! We are occupying & occupy we shall !!!

January 5, 2012
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the people of Kano have united Nigerians by puting Religious difrences aside and face reality. fight fight 2 free Nigeria we are all with you

January 5, 2012
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change of government is a must let us meet at TAHIR SQUARE (SILVER JUBILEE ROUND ABOUT)IN KANO, fight 2 finish, no retreat no surrender

January 5, 2012
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the Nigerian police force are with us d pledge full support so guys carry on and i will kip us posted

January 5, 2012
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say NO to badluck Jonathan. that's one reason why am not coming home till dis issue is resolve. In a way i will love it if state of emergency is declared in the entire state. in a way i need military to take over for the main time.

January 5, 2012
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We should fight this devilish bourgeios out of our lifes ,they are just here to take their share of country's treasure for personal use.BADLUCK Jonathan has to go.ASAP!!!

January 5, 2012
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You looked so beautiful, So beautiful And so innocent, I did not know that behind that beauty Lies the true colours that will destroy me In the near future - Lucky Dube

January 5, 2012
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The Finance Minister has threatened to resign if Badluck reverse the subsidy. She sees herself as the Messiah of Nigeria. There are many Nigerians that are better than her. The fuel subsidy was a very wrong policy made by our leaders, this is because no compensatory growth has been provided for before the subsidy was removed. A country where there is no power(erratic power supply), the educational system, health, infrastructure have failed even the common man on the street cannot meet up with his/her basic needs everyday. Please, people should not stop protesting until all the demand are agreed on by the government. #occupynigeria

January 5, 2012
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this is a huge slap to Nigerians, and should not be accepted

January 5, 2012
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Great Nigerians People... Please for GOD sake, let make a general demonstration all over the world in all country where there is Nigeria citizen, Let them those fools government that, we re not fighting for only the subsidy of fuel and also with poor facility of equipment, no maintenance, alot of people SCAM Online due the country poor government, Let remove all the cabinet from federal government to local governments and let elect a very honest person and also we need the white people intervention for not killing any of the protester when the demonstrating is going on in Nigeria... We re a bless county but we dont have good government, we need British intervention.... Let make a big demonstration nationwide on January 9th of 2012 all over the world.

 

Thanks

January 5, 2012
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The Jonathan administration is presently operating AUTOCRACY not DEMOCRACY

January 5, 2012
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Jonathan is a failure

January 5, 2012
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it is high time we let outr voices be heard. we have kept quiet for too long or like Fela said "Suffering and Smiling". they are shutting us up through all local media houses. well, we are taking this international!! atop us if u dare!!!!! and CNN more air play please. we need the world to pay attention!!

January 5, 2012
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we are tired of suffering and smiling! JEG must go NOW...

January 5, 2012
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Government is elected to serve and protect the intrest of the people and not the other way round. Nigerians are saying we dont want the removal of fuel subsidy why should GEJ wants to impose this on nigerians, in that case its crystal clear that he is not intrested in the what nigerians want. WE CAN NOT BUT SAY LEAVE...........Since our Media Houses are COMPROMISED. CNN, please let the whole world see it

January 5, 2012
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Of all the ways to cut corruption and excessive spending in Nigeria, The president chooses the only social benefit Nigerians enjoy, i can only say its because he and his thieving cronies will not be affected (lets not get into why our refineries wont be repaired or why new ones wont be built). Hope everyone reading this realizes that the Nigerian minimum wage (NGN 18,000 = $133) in its entirety CANNOT buy a month's supply of petrol for one car at this new price. It can only buy 124 liters where the most economical driver uses 10-15 liters a day. The information Minister tweeeted that the corrupt petroleum cabal came as a result of the implementation of the subsidy, and that removing the fuel subsidy is the only way to remove the cabal. One wonders what he will do when his child comes home from school with head lice or some infectious disease.

January 5, 2012
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@salielenu1 In as much as i would love it..the bourgeoisies' can never be fought out of crippled in any state that operates under capitalism. Its an endless battle. Any capitalist state thrives upon dealings of its elite. Its an ongoing eyesore for many years. Thats how democratic governments all around the world truly run. Their government officials are basically and indirectly loyal slaves to the elite of society...Devilish or holy, they are always there to stay.

January 5, 2012
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fuel subsidy is a scam from day one. Buhari had the best solution, knowledge and discipline required to make our country great when he was president. Goodluck or whatever he calls himself should ask him, they have enslaved nigerians for many years. every new govt has voted over $5b to the power sector and they all shared the money and sabotaged the economy with no feedback and accountability, goodluck did the same b4 the elections and they shared the money as usual with no improvement to power supply. They will perish pretty soon. Nigerians please do not relent. God is with us. Monday, Pengassan will shut down production of crude oil until govt truly builds new refineries in nigeria and stop importing refined products. Let them look at how the other opec nations treat their citizens and learn..

January 6, 2012
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The Nigerian govt did not give us a long term plan before removing the subsidy on oil. They should have assured Nigerians that the refineries will be built during this the period of the subsidy removal. Roads will be built,constant electricity will be provided and good health care put in place.The government officials including the senate and every other arms of govt should be made to sacrifice too by cutting down their unwarranted outrageous allowances and salaries. Why allow the poor to suffer the pains alone when the government officials have been stealing billions of dollars from the national treasury without prosecution. The curropt officials should all be in jail and made to forfeit all they have stolen from us, only then can we be assured that the govt is transparent and genuine with their policies.

January 6, 2012
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is it too much to ask for good governance...police brutalizing and killing peaceful protesters.The present government say Nigeria is broke, why are we broke? who are the people that mismanaged our resources? are they dead or alive? are they untouchable? what does it cost the Nigerian government to build refineries and upgrade the existing ones? who/what's Cabal? why would Mr. President ask us to live with the burden of Boko Haram? was there even subsidy in the first place? can 1.3 trillion naira turn Nigeria into a paradise? now,who's fooling who?is removal fuel subsidy the solution to Nigeria's and Nigerians problem or a personal vendetta?.We need Mr. President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and his finance minister, Dr.Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to answer this few questions in details. Nigerian youths are not educated and enlightened according to the information minister,i have one question for you sir, Mr Information Minister,which of the ministries of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is meant to inform the people of Nigeria?

January 6, 2012
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Uhm...Jonathan..just make some sacrifices. You, your cabinet and both houses. Reduce your overheads by 80%,(you have lots of shoes now) reduce your feeding/kitchen allowee by 80%, (the personalities who visit you have food in their homes.) move to a humble apartment in the Abuja metropolis, direct your Israeli Mossad intel to BH infested states, you are safe without them if you do the right thing. Cut your overseas trip by 80%, use govt hospitals if the need arises, (local health insurance coverage),travel by road to Bayelsa from Abuja(take Kogi-Lokoja,Benin-Ore roads)they are safe and lastly, pay for fuel consumption (your car and Dame's, your generator).

January 6, 2012
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Democracy has just died in Nigeria

January 6, 2012
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Fellow Nigerians!

the democracy we dream of has just kicked off.

fuel subsidy is a bad thing because it reduces money we can use on healthcare, housing, infrastructures such as refinery to waste on importation of fuel.

can my people open their eyes to see the destruction fuel subsidy has caused over the years.

we need the billions of $ from the subsidy so that we can build our own refineries in Nigeria.

lets join hands and make Nigeria a better place.

January 6, 2012
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The plain truth is this is the West African wakening. President Jonathan has finally pushed the youths of Nigerians to the wall. No electricity, No jobs after graduation from school, No good roads, No housing, No entreprenuer encouragements, nothing is working except the Politicians embezzeling the country's funds.

And in all this he spends Billions of Naira for his welfare and feeding. Its a brand new dawn the youth are taking over and phasing the old generation from the sixties away. Our president has failed us.

January 6, 2012
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How Credible is the government?

Isn't it preposterous that the government of the day has refused to wake up to the realities? Living in denial does no good to anyone. The reality distortion theory even though it works, (at least it worked for Steve Jobs in evolving new technologies) is unforgiving when it comes to laggards and fools.

 

The President said

"We have designed some palliatives to help the citizenry in these times"

 

How on earth is the deployment of 1600 buses a palliative?. Is it that the removal of subsidy which leads to inflation only affects transportation? (Doh). Shame on these brood of clueless politicians.

 

This government is just insensitive and lacks creativity. This same government promised to build airports in every state capital (a lousy goal). Sounds like an audacity of ignorance or arrogance to me. 70% of Nigerians live on less than two dollars daily. The president spends 1 billion naira (6 million per day on food alone). Our annual re-current expenditure includes furniture allowances (why?) A senator earns N600Million yearly. Something is wrong. What is the Nigerian government doing to show commitment to this noble course? Yet they talk about sacrifices. Isn't this just appalling. Obama and his British counterpart David Cameron showing good examples took pay cuts. Members of the House of Commons willingly surrendered their first class train tickets to save some tax payer money.

 

Something must change and this time around I assure you that the answer is not prayer and fasting. The answer is affirmative action.

 

Condolence to the memory of Seun Bolaji who lost his life in the Ilorin January 3rd, 2012 anti-subsidy removal Occupy Nigeria demonstration. Your blood cries out

 

January 7, 2012
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So if President Goodluck Jonathan spends N1billion a year on feeding, which means he spends N3million daily. Today the 7th he has already spent N21million on feeding this year. And they say we shouldn't #OcuppyNigeria

January 7, 2012
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These subsidy they talking is just a way to make more reserve for them selves and there children cause already Nigeria goverment has bieng circulating in the hands of same group of people so called mafias. but look at these in a mathematical sense lets N1 from the fuel ltr money and multiply it by 10million ltrs from each state on a daily basis we have 36 states in Nigeria that is N360,000,000 million naira on daily basis and we know there is no way an individual can consume 1 ltr a day it has to be more than that so what are they Goverment saying about making 8billion dollars anually.

January 7, 2012
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Hey Nigerians,

i guess everyone is angry! but i assure you people that the removal of subsidy is definitely the right thing to start this 2012.

when i hear talk of strike it makes no sense to me because its only the less well off that will suffer the strike and the strike is for no good cause. subsidy of fuel is dumb and ignorant, money saved from it can save lives and provide public services.

MAJOR ISSUE! (BOKO HARAM) look at a time bomb ticking in our faces telling us we will be the new sudan and yet no one does anything to create dialog with boko haram. boko haram are only Nigerians rebelling against poverty and oppression from the government so being adamant and uneducated they result to violence.

why dont the Fed Govt find a way to dialog and meet some basic demands of these people rather than rant about calling them terrorist and using heavy military force. Military force will only escalate the issues.

i am very sad because my country is falling apart.    

January 7, 2012
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we must remember that before Yaradua stoped the Militants he created Dialog and he gave amnesty.

boko haram can be stoped and ended permanently before JUNE 2012

January 8, 2012
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1Thumb will be able represented at the #OccupyNigeria rally to be held on Monday, 9th January, from 9am @ Gani Fawehinmi Park, Ojota ... We have to join hands to free ourselves from oppression & Greed as exhibited by the Government ... Nigeria needs U & U - U also need Nigeria ... Let's fight for our survival - It may be too late tomorrow ... 1Thumb - Power to Effect Positive change ... 1Thumb - Plutonium Power - Lets Go !!!

January 8, 2012
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Its done

January 8, 2012
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i pray 4 a jerry rawlings in nigeria. our leaders are too corrupt they all need to b wiped out.

the government shd tell us, what has been done with the money realized from diesel since d subsidy was removed.

Nigeria can not boost of 1hr uninterrupted power supply nation wide, yet our leaders will always compare nigeria with other developed countries when it comes to increase in pump price.

There's no electricity, road, water, fire service, health care, education. no refineries working, yet they can budgets billions of naira for food and entertainment. enough is enough.

January 9, 2012
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There is a picture of a young man in a green t-shirt posted on i-report. I have that picture and a second picture of him lying dead after the beating by the security forces. I assume both pictures were sent to ireport but the second is not appropriate for public display.

 

There are casualties across the country but the numbers will be hard to ascertain right now. For sure a few are already dead in Lagos from the backlash from the security forces, and reports from kano suggest the situation there is quite volatile. This is such a shame. This is Jonathan's democracy. A man we so passionately fought to elect. This is how he pays us back.

January 9, 2012
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Unconfirmed reports suggest a battery of policement in Agege, led by the DPO of Pen Cinema Police Station stormed Yaya Abatan, Ogba and shot at a  grouup of protesters. One was killed with three others critically wounded. The registration number of the vehicle used by the policemen is RS101LA.

 

 

January 9, 2012
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"the spokesman of jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati Wal-Jihad otherwise called BOKO HARAM has refuted claims by the media on the recent killings and bombings of churches in Nigeria saying there jihad is not against the christians and there places of worship, he denied the Christmas day bombing and other attacks carried out in the country all in there name, he also denied the statement that they asked christians to leave the northern part of Nigeria, as even the prophet of Allah lived with non believers and they had the right to worship. He said they believe they are fighting a just cause as the government have been attacking them, so they have the right to defend themselves, they have only killed security operatives, that's the police and army in self defence, finally he said all christians in the north should not panic, as islam prohibits attack in places of worship, its haram to burn or attack a church even during jihad he said. Our prophet told us, do not attack the innocent, women,children and the old, only fight back in self defence, this the teaching of our prophet and that's exactly what we are doing he said. He also said as untrue that they are going to attack protesters, its not true as they are in total support of the peoples struggle and behind the Nigerian people...."

January 9, 2012
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President Obama of the United States of America should warn President Goodluck Jonathan about the Police  killings of unarmed innocent Nigerians protesting the removal of oil subsidy. He issued such warnings before. We want him to do same NOW for us Nigerians

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