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Nigerian Strike Enters Second Day; At Least Three Protesters Killed



In Nigeria, a nationwide strike against soaring fuel costs has entered its second day shutting down banks, schools and government buildings. On Monday, police shot dead at least three protesters and wounded more than two dozen after firing live ammunition and tear gas to disperse demonstrations in Lagos and the largest northern city of Kano. The musician Femi Kuti, the son of the late Fela Kuti, took part in the strike in Lagos.

Femi Kuti: "If it is government of the people, by the people, no need to copy America, let everybody bring their salary to the minimum wage of 18,000 naira [$110 U.S. dollars].’’
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Nigeria strike unites classes, growing anger over corruption, fuel prices in troubled nation

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LAGOS, Nigeria — The protest first drew Nigerians who live hand-to-trash, scavenging through mountains of garbage to make a living. Now, long lines of cars and expensive motorcycles are parking near demonstration that is drawing more than 10,000 people angry about life in Africa’s most populous nation.
The nationwide strike first began over gasoline prices more than doubling, but now it encompasses criticism of all Nigeria’s failings. People shout to anyone that will listen about the country’s cratered roads, dilapidated schools and the government corruption that leaves politicians wealthy and the people largely poor in the oil-rich nation.
And protesters say they want a permanent change in Nigeria, a move away from leaders who send their families abroad for schooling and medical checkups while the rest subsist on less than $2 a day.
“They want to cut us off,” said Anthony Abang, a 32-year-old unemployed man who helped close down a Lagos highway. “They want to kill our future.”
President Goodluck Jonathan removed subsidies on Jan. 1 that had kept gasoline prices low for more than two decades. Overnight, prices at the pump more than doubled, from $1.70 per gallon (45 cents per liter) to at least $3.50 per gallon (94 cents per liter). The costs of food and transportation also doubled.
Jonathan insists the move was necessary to save the country an estimated $8 billion a year, which he promises will go toward badly needed road and public projects. But to the Nigerians marching through the streets in all parts of the country, government promises only enrich politicians who routinely swindle budget money from promised public works as electricity and clean drinking water remain out of reach for many.
That anger has seen some protesters confront police, set burning roadblocks and attack government offices, violence that has left at least 10 people dead so far. On Wednesday in Minna, the capital of the central Niger state, youths attacked the governor’s house, forcing him to flee by helicopter. A mob killed one police officer.
Attorney General Mohammed Bello Adoke has warned the government “will not hesitate to bring to bear the full weight of the law” against violent protesters. He also described the strike by major labor unions as illegally violating a court injuction.
“Continuing disregard of that order is (dangerous) to the public interest as it constitutes an open invitation to anarchy,” Adoke said in a statement issued late Tuesday.
Adoke also warned public workers that the government would implement a “no work, no pay” policy for those who join the strike. However, public workers sometimes go weeks without pay in Nigeria, where corruption and mismanagement has plagued government for decades.
In Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital of 15 million, several hundred protesters on Wednesday took over a major highway leading to the islands where the wealthy live. One protester carried a signed that read: “We are ready for the civil war.”

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Nigerian Unions Vow to Paralyze Oil Output

By Dulue Mbachu and Elisha Bala-Gbogbo -

Nigeria’s two main oil unions threatened to shut output in Africa’s top crude producer as a national strike entered its fourth day, mounting pressure on President Goodluck Jonathan to restore fuel subsidies.
The Nupeng union said today it has withdrawn its workers from oil fields, while the other, Pengassan, said yesterday it told its 24,000 members to “be on red alert” in preparation for a shutdown of fields operated by companies such as Royal Dutch Shell Plc. (RDSA) The strike has limited trade in stocks and the naira and closed ports and bank branches belonging to companies such as Standard Chartered Plc.
“If there’s a prolonged shutdown of oil exports, that would put tremendous presssure on the government,” Antony Goldman, the head of London-based PM Consulting, said by phone today. In the short term, “companies producing off floating production storage and offloading vessels can probably increase production” to offset initial losses, he said.

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