A huge protest movement is in progress in Lagos on a second day of strike action over removal of gasoline subsidy in Nigeria. Some 500,000 Nigerians massed at the Gani Fawehinmi Park in Ojota area of Lagos singing and chanting protest songs.
The growing nationwide protest against President Goodluck Jonathan’s hiking of petroleum prices claimed its first casualty today as police shot a protester dead in Ilorin, Kwara State.
The lifeless body of the protester lay on the street after he was shot in the chest by a policeman. The killing comes on the heels of the release of a former member of the House of Representatives, Dino Melaye, along with two others who were arrested by the police in Abuja yesterday for organizing the first anti-fuel hike protest in the federal capital.
At 50, Femi Kuti shows no signs of slowing down. The eldest son of Fela Kuti records and performs with unbridled passion, and continues to bring his brand of Afrobeat to the world.
As a staunch critic of corruption, he’s never one to bite his tongue. He speaks the truth and does so unrelentingly, much to the chagrin of the powers that be. I had an illuminating chat with him on a host of topics ranging from the international explosion of Afrobeat, to colonialism, to the current issues plaguing Nigeria today, to name a few, and he was very forthcoming and open throughout our chat.
Occupy Nigeria Protesters Take A Stand In South Africa
Nigerians in South Africa on January 16th stormed the Nigerian embassy in Pretoria. According to the PRO of Nigerian Union in Gauteng, Niyi Da Voice Abodedele, some 300 Nigerians in South Africa attended the protests in solidarity with Nigerians protesting against mismanagement and corruption in cities across Nigeria.
The demonstration also featured Biafran separatist activists campaigning against islamist miliatnats, Boko Haram, killing of Igbos. They marched alongside side others demanding a Biafran homeland.
Lagos - Nigerian lawmakers on Sunday turned against the president’s decision to end governmentfuel subsidies that kept gasoline prices low, just ahead of a planned labor strike that could paralyse Africa’s most populous nation.