An anti-fuel subsidy removal movement called #OccupyNigeria which started on Monday, January 2 has gained significant progress within the past few days on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.
Occupy Nigeria is a series of protests by citizens in response to fuel subsidy removal by the Federal government of Nigeria on Sunday 1st January 2012 as announced by the country’s Petroleum Product Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA).
Yesterday, the movement got a boost with a website that aggregates all of the tweets, photos and videos posted online since it started. Occupy Nigeria also has a Wikipedia page which has detailed information about the movement.
Since Monday, protesters have carried out peaceful demonstrations across the country blocking highways and shutting down fuel filling stations in some parts. Although the protests claimed its first victim in Ilorin, Kwara on Tuesday, it has not deterred the movement.
In Kano, protesters staged an overnight rally at the Silver Jubilee round about renaming it “Subsidy Square”, while social media networks were abuzz with users posting updates and photos from Kano and calling for food and water donations to be sent to the protesters.
Several protests are planned for today in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital city and in London, United Kingdom, among other places.
The fuel subsidy removal has resulted in the hike in prices of fuel, transportation, food and an increase in the standard cost of living in the world’s 9th largest oil producing nation.
Nigeria’s trade and labour unions have announced an indefinite strike and mass demonstrations from Monday, January 9th, if the decision to remove the fuel subsidy is not reversed.
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