Old Fears, New Fares

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UPDATED WITH EYE WITNESS PHOTOS (LONDON) Nigerians woke up to a new year gift from the Presidency. Fuel prices doubled, causing transport costs to sky-rocket and has propelled prices across all sectors to spiral out of budget. For a populace already reeling from terrorist attacks inflicted in recent months by Islamic extremists who have stepped up their attack on Christians resident in the North, the legendary studied stoicism of Nigerians might have been taken for granted one time too many by government.  Protests flared up all around the country from Students, Medical personnel, the Bar Association and – the Police. In Lagos state on Tuesday, 300 police men marched through the streets chanting anti- government slogans. A rash of protests broke out in the southern States of Edo, Ogun, Oyo states as well as the Federal Capital Territory Abuja. On Friday, protesters converged in front of the Nigerian High Commission in London, following protests in Ukraine.  In the Kwara state capital Ilorin, a student was shot dead by Police, resulting in violent reactions. Facebook is agog with updates and calls for action, including one page that offers discounts on bulletproof vests for protesters.



Last Updated on Thursday, 19 January 2012 11:07
Written by Daria Alawi

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