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It’s officially Day 5 of #OccupyNigeria, the country wide protests over the government’s removal of fuel subsidy, a move which effectively increased the price of fuel inNigeria by over 100%.

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), backed by the Nigerian people, have stood their ground in the face of much government opposition and many Nigerian’s have shown solidarity by taking to the streets in relatively peaceful protests for what they see as a continuous disregard for the wellbeing of the people by those elected to govern them.

The events over the last five days show that the President has been backed into a corner, as the resilience of the people remains unfettered by the hardline he has taken. At the start of the strike, the NLC negotiated for a return to N65/ litre as opposed to the newly implemented N141/litre. However unconfirmed reports from yesterday, revealed that NLC maybe negotiating for a new long term price of N90/ litre or N65 until April with further negotiations after. These unconfirmed reports have resulted in various responses, with some arguing that a return to the N141/litre in April may result in stock piling and artificial scarcities. Others also point out that a return to N141/litre at any point would be totally unacceptable given the already low standard of living faced by many Nigerians and advocate for a complete reversal to N65/litre price. However some have argued that a return to N65/litre is unreasonable, given the potential economic benefits of the subsidy.

Furthermore, it is clear that the #OccupyNigeria movement has brought to the fore many issues facing the country, corruption, dwindling industrial base, lack of power, roads, education and other basic amenities, Boko Haram. These issues are not new, but the fuel subsidy crisis has definitely been the final straw for Nigerians.

No matter our opinions of the strike, one thing is clear, #OccupyNigeria movement has brought Nigeria’s issues centre stage, the people are united against her government and are demanding answers but how will this end? Will the government listen to the voice of the people? Or will they stand their ground? Will a compromise position be reached? If so, what is an acceptable compromise position N65, N90, N120? What about other issues which have plagued Nigerians for decades? Do we start new ‘occupy’ movements for those?

Nigeria, Lets Decide!

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37 Comments

  1. Ife!

    January 13, 2012 at 9:46 am

    I believe that the Govt should answer all the questions that the Nigerian pple ve been askin:_ why did fuel subsidy jump from 200/300bn to 1.6tr? How come? 1b to feed Jonathan and his wife ahn ahn kilorde? Dis matter is beyond fuel subsidy alone/ tis a movement against corruption and the rot that has been plaguing Nigeria for many years. We are no longer fools/ Nigerian Govt should beware- we are gettin more enlightened- watched Min of Petroleum comparing us with Ghana/ dat fuel price increased in Ghana and dey nt complaining/ oh wot a shame! Is Ghana oil producing? Don’t dey ve constant light/ good roads and universities? Anoda stupid excuse- Nigerian popation is 160m pple so bla bla bla, China has a population of 2b and they are chasin America in terms of economy. Nigerians wake up! We don’t want a society where you cannot survive excvept you are corrupt. Say NO to bad governance, corruption. The govt shld cut their excessive spending. Most of dem earn more dan the American president/ Shame!!!!!!! Lead by example. Thk u Bella

    • Big Penis

      January 15, 2012 at 11:11 pm

      That is similar to what I wrote as my facebook status update… the executive arm of Government has done nothing for the average Nigerian. The only benefit that we had was that the price of fuel was low, now they have taken it away from us.

  2. nwando

    January 13, 2012 at 9:48 am

    I think the fuel subsidy drama is only a symptom of our numerous problems as a nation. My hope is that one of the fruits of this protest will be a drastic reduction in the salaries and allowances of our office holders. Let the subsidy removal start from them.
    Let us see a government that is accountable and committed to improving the lot of the common man.

  3. ama

    January 13, 2012 at 10:25 am

    i wish nigerians all the best and i hope this time round the voice of the massess will be heard

  4. nija

    January 13, 2012 at 10:53 am

    good summary.

    as stated above, the fuel subsudy removal and occupy Nigeria have brought many issues to the surface mainly because fuel affect almost everything: cost of transportation, food, service etc.

    We must campaign forever towards our govt being accountable and transparent. Justice must reign and the law must apply to everyone regardless of their title or who their “fada” is :-

    Long live Nigeria

  5. Suuisaidl

    January 13, 2012 at 11:06 am

    I love how you guys took a step back and allowed the situation unfold before you wrote a fresh article. The issue spoken about has been on my mind as well. A very huge opportunity has been dropped in our laps. We cannot afford to do anything but seize it. But where is our “Rebel leader?” The one who will step up to the plate and be a source of hope to us Nigerians. The leader who will display an awareness of the problems plaguing Nigeria and consequentially have numerous ideas and ways to tackle the issues. Well, me I believe that man – or woman is out there somewhere. If you are that person or that group, who has been waiting for a chance to strike, now is the time. (I’m not referring to divisors o!) The Occupy movement should lead to something so much more. It should lead to a revolution men! Do we know the next we as a people will come together like this again? The time is now! #OccupyNigeria!!!

  6. nollywood

    January 13, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Wow.. BN finally comes back with another post after how long. Thank God. Good read.

  7. she's Alex

    January 13, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Hahahahahahaha…1b to feed the president?he must be eating gucci rice and drinking ferrari water!msheeeEew

    • Loudmouthed

      January 13, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      Copy copy!

    • TT

      January 15, 2012 at 2:03 am

      lmao!

  8. Phoenix

    January 13, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Quite agree!we do need a leader and only the likes of Gani or Fela because labour leaders are on the verge of betraying the oppresed.subsidy removal wil not reduce the over $8b of foreign exchange produces from cbn to import pet’ products each year. Also,the plan of FG to bring refineries back to full operation in 24months is deceitful. An eminent economist;Sam Aluko said an oil input cabal is working with govt insiders to discourage local refineries. Moreover,the chairman of the National Economic Intelligence Committee declared that for every shipload of petrol imported,the profit at the time was $110,000 and obviously with this type of profit,the CABALS will not allow our refineries to work and will not set up refineries. Its high time nigerians woke up,this is d time! I dont see gej affecting us positively at espense of those that sponsored his elections,rigged it,imported plants at d detriment of phcn and steel…(ajaokuta) inspite d fact that nigeria will almost be the best producer of steel in the world if all the faces are built. As well, we say no to the imposition of imf,world bank and his international allies policies on our polity. Fuel subsidy can only be if jonathan comes wide out and tell us that the oil cabals are more powerful than the Nigerian state! What do you expect from a govt that ;spent that lot on anniversary,over 200m naira on cake,abandoned eagle square because of a group of persons,told us we had to live with terrorists attacks:even as that which occured on christmas day,took labour to court when he doesnt have respect for law as the subsidy issue has been in court since last year november to mention a few. They should all resign rather than holding on tenaciously to fictitious and pipedreams.

  9. JOBS IN NIGERIA

    January 13, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Maybe we should,atlas that would make our leaders accountable.

  10. SAMUEL GEORGE

    January 13, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Nigerians are the most foolish people on earth. When your country is not in problem you people preach to create problems and put a stop the relative peace you all are having. All developing countries in the worlds that are as large as Nigeria are all passing through more serious problems than Nigeria. Some foolish Nigerians even think that because they are youths then they can use twitter , face book or social media to bring about a revolution to a democratically elected regime. Many of them also think they can turn Nigeria to Egypt but forgetting that if you disturb Goodluck Jonathan he can resign today simple but the regime will go on and all other governors reps and senators will still go on because they are all elected by there people. U can do your nonsense in Lagos but in other states things will be managed. Look 1b is not enough for the president of Nigeria if its true. Nigeria president holds a stake in the world as the president of the largest Black family in the world. So you all deserve to respect your president and join him transform your country from the half a century deficit in development for your future as youths. Labour in any part of the world have never dictated a policy to any government rather they advocate about the welfare of there people so to say. They should concentrate in the palliative measures and also insist that they deliver and not to impose or dictate a policy for them. If they succeed then no need to go and elect any body as president. Thanks Voice from Pakistan.

    • numummy

      January 13, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      @Samuel George …u are the foolish one in pakistan. How do u want the average man to get to work …transport increased by 100%! Minimum wage is still the same. How do u expect them to feed, to survive? B4 u insult a people, do ure homework. Its people like u that never bring about change…Nigerians are tired of folding their arms. Please keep ure voice in Pakistan!

    • Truth be told

      January 13, 2012 at 7:34 pm

      you make good points but you didn’t need to insult Nigerians

    • molarah

      January 14, 2012 at 2:42 am

      I don’t think anyone needs to answer this individual: he just sounds like a troll.

  11. http://dakkylove.blogspot.com/

    January 13, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    This movement is not just about Fuel Subsidy removal..it’s about telling the Government that enough is enough, Nigerians are fed up of seeing the leaders we elected fatten up like over bloated cows whilst we continue to suffer …its time they pay attention to us

  12. SAMUEL GEORGE

    January 13, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    numummy That is what I mean OK Labour and your so called twitter youths, Your frustrated American and European hustlers who just joined you all shouting with anger of frustration should insist on the welfare of yours people OK and not to Dictate policy to an elected government. The fuel you subsidise is just only for Lagos and the rest part of your country remain and looks poor even your village. World economist have discussed your government policy and they said your president is in the right direction and the praised him for bold step of transformation. Even in Pakistan here we talk about how foolish you blacks are even with your educations you people still cannot reason clean white. U reason dirty black. Please put the subsidy money into some thing else and deregulate your petroleum sector for employment and economic boost. Even by so doing, private sector in the oil industry will solve all this problem of light, water and roads when they come on board OK. U see what your MTN and Glo is doing as private companies with competition, then just imaging six more refineries and petrochemicals coming into Nigerian in addition. Be wise to know what to tell people who want to miss lead you.

  13. BubblyBliss

    January 13, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    The only reason OccupyNigeria protests came into fruition is because of the people it affects: EVERYONE! Typical Nigerian mentality, if it doesn’t affect me, wetin be my own?! Na to siddon look! But because the rich benefit from the subsidies and the poor value lower oil prices, everyone has united for this ‘common’ cause.

    5 days of a strike, who do you think is losing out the most? Of course the masses. Poor vegetable and fruit sellers will see their stock go rotten with no buyers, taxi drivers have had no customers, who will make up for the days and products lost?!

    We have sat down an let Boko Haram have a bombing spree across the countries, civilians and corpers butchered on a regular, nobody said enough is enough then. But now, NLC, useless lagos big boys and what not are quick to flex muscles on top fuel subsidy.

    Abeg abeg, until the koko of the matter is addressed, i.e. CORRUPTION, those daily meetings for negotiating with the government are a precious waste of time and resources. But hey, waste is nothing new to Nigeria.

    Someday, it will get better. When we are willing to admit to ourselves that we feed the lawlessness and corruption subsists in our country. Pay your taxes, whether or not they government steals it, don’t collect that damn contract your uncle’s wife step brother ‘helped’ you secure. It’s only them we can fight this war with a clear conscience.

  14. amaka

    January 13, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    @Samuel George:abeg no 4rm Pakistan dey tel 160million Nigerians dt av been suffering in D̶̲̥̅̊ hands of dir so called democratically elected leaders what 2do n nxt time,do a thorough assignment before U̶̲̥̅̊ post comments..#OccupyNigeria.

  15. Truth be told

    January 13, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    In my opinion, this whole thing should not be about Goodluck alone. We need to open our eyes. All in the name of fuel/fuel subsidy,some of the politicians who have even committed more atrocities in the department of corruption will go scot free because they will be among those mounting platforms and opening their mouths to advocate for reinstatement of subsidy.
    I dont know how this will end but by God I hope it ends well. The TUC/NLC fellows that are negotiating for the masses may not be the right people in the end. I will say it and say it again, if the only outcome of this is the reversal back to N65 then this whole protests would have failed. Why? because this is an opportunity for the govt to know that it’s about what is due and has been long due to us as a people: accountability for resources and basics for a good standard of living. We have proven ourselves to be prone to forget for too long. Prices may go back to N65 and everyone goes back to work…even if it is implemented in phases, it will still be a waste of time spent occupying and protesting because if there is no negotiation for
    1. Government salaries to be slashed to reasonable amounts
    2. A plan for accountability for future projects

    then all those protests will be in vain because Nigerians may forget…and the NLC’s own concern seems to be only the cost of fuel.
    That said, I think the protest should focus more on what happens after fuel subsidy (is reversed or not) and not on the price of the fuel itself.
    And don’t forget, the focus is not on GEJ alone cos if we allow ourselves to be blinded by rage now, then its a pity we’re allowing the atrocities committed by past governments to be borne on the head of one person
    Im not a GEJ apologist as he is also not without fault. I have just observed things and these are my own conclusions.

  16. BRB

    January 13, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    One thing at a time! After Subsidy, we start new movements for corruptions!

  17. Purpleicious Babe

    January 13, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    @ SAMUEL GEORGE pls do not bring any negativity into this AFFAIR….ur opinion does not hold any gravity so please KEEP IT SHUT. THANK U.

    I am so moved to visit my local Mayor and ask if I could have a #occupynigeria# movement in our city… hmm.

    I do hope the protest brings about a change, and any change is just a beginning of something greater to come. Change is a gradual process and if the govt can agree to this change it means they see the heart and tears of the MASSES. I believe occupynigeria is a REVOLUTION that will go down in HISTORY….

  18. stephanie

    January 14, 2012 at 12:23 am

    @samuel george …u re very stupid for making such stupid comment. u live in pakistan, tell me dont dey fight for wat dey believe in eeh? tell me? i am sure pple like u re d type dat govt give money to vote for them..u better carry your 2 left leg and go back to pakistan we dont need pple like u.WE RE FIGHTIN 4 WAT WE DESERVE AS A CITIZEN OF NIGERIA ND ENUF IS ENUF !!! BESIDES WAT RE YOU DOING IN PAKISTAN??? if you re blck pls come back b4 u end up like ” umar abdulmutallab”

  19. Goebbels

    January 14, 2012 at 3:36 am

    The subsidy removal makes economic sense & I’m not surprised you lot can’t see it. It hurts the pocket (FOR NOW) but it will be worth it in the long run. It is what any developed country would do.

    All this ‘OCCUPY NIGERIA’ restore the subsidy talk just goes to show you don’t even know what the occupy movement is about. If you did you will be seeing this for this as a positive move.

    GEF HAS CUT THE SUBSIDY TO STOP ‘FEULING’ THE SO CALLED 1%. HENCE THE VOTE OF CONFIDENCE FROM THE UN & IMF SURELY YOU SHOULD BE THANKFUL FOR THAT. EFFORTS SHOULD NOW GO INTO ENSURING THE REVENUE RAISED DOES TOWARD THE IMPROVING INFRASTRUCTURE.

    INSTEAD WHAT YOU ARE ASKING FOR VIA THESE DEMONSTRATIONS IS FOR HIM TO REINSTATE THE SUBSIDY SO THE FAT CATS IN RECEIPT OF IT CAN GET EVEN RICHER AND MAKE THEM THE 0.5%

  20. NNENNE

    January 14, 2012 at 6:28 am

    Our problems as a country are numerous. I suggest that we all begin to solve it by developing “a love of country”-Patriotism, selflessness. (It won’t cost anything to do that)
    Until we see Nigeria as our one and only country we will not change our ways.

    We have to put measures in place that will address briebery and corruption, nepotism etc. Believe it or not the desire to cheat is innate in every human being, regardless of their origin. The developed countries are able to control theirs because they have checks in place. They have laws that are very effective-does not respect anybody. We have to work at developing a national Identification. We don’t even have finger prints of our citizens.

    We have to work at finding an alternative to oil. The countries buying the oil from us are trying to find alternatives to it. Should we wake up one day and there is no more demand for it, what are we going to do? Again the population is too much for the oil alone to sustain us.

    We need a re-orientation of our youth. Our young ones need to know that the era of finding jobs in air conditioned offices after graduation does not always exist anyway. There is dignity in labor; farming is a means of livelihood too. Every one cannot live in the urban setting. If one cannot make it in the city, go back to the grassroots and start something. It may be the beginning but not the end. Our government should give incentives to them also if they want to farm.

    We need more privatization. In Nigeria, anything that belongs to the government is always not taken care of because people fail to realize that we are the government. In my opinion, these buses that they bought for transportation should be leased to individuals to run. The government will give them guidelines (regulations) of how they want it ran, how much money they will return, how much they will pay in taxes e.t.c. In fact they should not even have bought the buses in the first place. Corporations should have been given the option of doing so, while the government will give them standards and regulations of running the business and how much taxes they will pay.

    We have to work at reducing our population. China took a drastic measure to reduce theirs.

    People have to realize that these problems have been with us for years, through oil boom era. It will not be solved overnight. GEJ have been in office for only one year. He is not responsible for them. He needs our support. We have to work together with him. Whatever job we do, we have to do conscientiously.

  21. SAMUEL GEORGE

    January 14, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    SAMUEL GEORGE January 14, 2012 at 12:35 PM
    @Purpleicious Babe Were are U occupying? did Americans occupy USA??????? Big fools, look if Tunde Bakare, falan who are consultants to these ship owners and his groups LIKE U face book/ twits succeed to keep subsidy in petrol without deregulating the oil sector again this time then Nigerians should be sure that even with 1000 naira you will not see fuel to buy simple. Other parts of your country are like grave yards and U stay in Lagos to occupy your mama Kitchen, even the place were this oil is coming from still lack enough fund to give them rapid life turn around you stay in Lagos to occupy mugu like u, is Lagos the only part of Nigeria? why not go and occupy Jigawa, Keby Bayalsa and the rest Monkey, you stay in Ojota to occupy Nigeria while people are suffering and dying all over the places where the oil is coming from even in the northern part too people are dying. Only to open the industry for private participation to add to your governments sluggish effort you say you are occupying your mama Toto MOKWAA.

    • lonechy

      January 18, 2012 at 7:30 pm

      Samuel George, from all indications, you are not in pakistan, you are just one of GEJ & Govt supporters. if you are sensitive enough and more observant too, you would have deduced that what everybody protesting is not the removal of fuel subsidy itself, but the timing. there are other things that should be taken care of first with all the resources the Govt is squandering, before they could talk about removing fuel subsidy. for instance , salaries/allowances/of the legislature and executives should be cut at a reasonable length, infrastructures have to be put in place (it is not only the subsidy money that can be used for that). the pib should be passed, corruption in high places should be curbed, refineries should be fixed so that we dont need to import oil, after doing all these and putting some palliatives in place, then the subsidy can be removed. you dont start counting the first from the last.

  22. Shannon

    January 14, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    the last sentence is the most important..occupynigeria needs to focus on other or more important issues..A govt welfare program should be further down th ekist of priorities..Fuel subsidy shows that priorities are misplaced..NLC is funny their manifesto deals with the well being of workers for wages, fairness, equitable workplace..they have no business in the oil subsidy debate..

  23. Fairy GodSister

    January 14, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    This post captures my thoughts in totality… http://fairygodsister.wordpress.com/2012/01/14/im-heartbroken/

  24. Obi

    January 14, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    I pray that the spirit of OCCUPY will guide us all when masses are killed for religion, and university graduates take up guns to rob, maim, and kidnap people because they don’t have jobs and therefore decide to take the “EASY” way out …
    I pray the spirit of OCCUPY will guide us when thousands are under arrest in hospitals, admitted indefinitely because they cannot afford the hospital bill, when some even die because they could not afford the down payment to be admitted for treatment when they fell ill.
    I pray the spirit of OCCUPY guides me when the funeral procession is not for my own family member.
    #OCCUPY NIGERIA … Anything worth doing is worth doing well. May love for my fellow Nigerian OCCUPY my mind to do what is right even when it isn’t CONVENIENT.

  25. Eran Iya

    January 15, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Am still very divided on this issue as much as i support everything OCCUPY NIGERIA stands for, i however think the FG has a valid point. In the same vein the lack of trust in the government, toxic corruption and every other evil we as a people have had to endure nicely pinches me back to reality. The insensitivity of govt at all levels however still baffles. On Jan 2 while people were trying to digest the removal of subsidy and people were taking different cost cutting measures (e.g in my house we all piled into one car to run all our errands, in place of every one taking separate cars and going their way) We came across the convoy of the governor of Ogun state Ibikunle Amosun on his way to work, in a FIFTEEN CAR CONVOY most insulting was the fact that some of the vehicles had just one or two occupants. i could not help but wonder why they could not pile into one vehicle like members of my household were doing considering there were buses in the convoy. My immediate reaction was to start screaming on the government funds that will be wasted in fueling a 15 car convoy. As i continued my rant my mum nicely chipped in that most times the governor can not be bothered to stay in the state and commutes from Lagos on a daily basis, so i should do the math. At that point out of depression and weakness i plug in my earphones to ponder………………………………

  26. cathy

    January 16, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    it so sad and Nigerians ”most” are too lukewarm about sensitive issues like this. well the occupying has come to an end, so much for this ”occupying thing” that i can’t really put my hand on what they achieve because they still increased the fuel price. #65 to #97

  27. Niccygirl2000

    January 16, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    I want to commend all Nigerians home and abroad for their resilience and unity in the past 15 -days of nation wide protest.

    For the first time in the history of Nigeria after 50 years of independence by the British for Nigerians to have that sense of independence and freedom. I strongly believe the benefits and impacts of this nation wide protest out way its lost.

    It really felt good to be free again for one to express himself and herself without interference of the military. I believe this protest brought back that sense of togetherness among Nigerians under one purpose for the first time in the history of Nigeria.

    All Nigerians were singing with one voice and crying together with one voice and dieing together for one purpose. This shows if Nigerians persist in their quest for democracy and transparent government it can be achieved on the next poll come 2015.

    It is recorded in the last 10 days of the initial call for mass protest no incident of major or minor crime was recorded, NO KIDNAPPING, NO ARMED ROBBERY AND MAJOR CAR ACCIDENT, NO POWER FAILURE incident. No crime was recorded by the Nigerian Police or the media. I believe Nigerians deserve an mighty applause for this.

    My brothers and sisters keep up the good work . Let us not go back to our old ways of selfishness and self contentedness. We should all strive to be our brothers and sisters keeper.

    0% CRIME IN NIGERIA FOR 10 GOOD DAYS.

    This is just an observation and I believe if Nigerians can use this model to redirect the Nigerian cause. Get ready for a better Nigeria.

    Also this protest should serve as a wake up call to all elected officials and those appointed to served that they are touchable and expandable any time and any day. They can no longer take the good of Nigeria for granted. Is a new dawn in Nigeria and is no longer business as usual.

    I believe President Goodluck Jonathan needed to be applauded for his understanding and non combative approach unlike his predecessors. He means and desires well for all Nigerians though he is surrounded by host of bad and incompetent ministers and advisers all Nigerians must unite together to work with him in his quest for a better Nigeria. Let us continue to pray for him as the word of God instructed us to so.

    After 50 years of repression, oppression and suppression Nigerians can cry, dance, sing and die together with one purpose.

    I’m proud to be a Nigerian again.

    God bless Nigeria.

  28. partyrider

    January 17, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    after this dust settles,which is very soon,everybody will go back to occupying their various lives as they suffer and smile..this is the sad truth.
    i hope i am proved wrong sha

  29. Tosin

    January 18, 2012 at 9:20 am

    I hope the occupy thing leads people to think and to act constructively in making a better future. The protests were a joke, in the sense that the people don’t really care about the poor or about corruption; they only care about the price of their petrol. Glad it ended without too much destruction. Now, those who do care, let’s see you occupy in your own life – kill corruption where you find it, support pro-poor, pro-development policies, … but most people don’t. They will keep on stealing, and they will keep on complaining. Happy workweek!

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