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Fuel subsidy strikes and protests, in Nigeria, have been suspended for two days.
| January 13, 2012
Unions in Nigeria have suspended the strikes and protests, that have been going on for the last five days in Nigeria over the removal of the fuel subsidy, for two days to allow talks take place between union leaders and government. In a joint statement the main labor unions said, "The labor movement and its civil society allies after nationwide consultations has decided that Saturday and Sunday will be observed as strike, protest and rally-free days. "We ask Nigerians to utilize these days to rest, restock and get re-energized for the continuation of the strikes, rallies and protest from Monday." The announcement comes five days after the labour unions called a general strike to protest the removal of the fuel subsidy, which caused the price of petrol and transport fares to increase dramatically. Thousands of people took to the streets after the government's announcement of the removal of the subsidy, to protest against the decision and also call for mor accountability from the govt. and a focus on reducing corruption. The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) said that the proposal being discussed this would have petrol cost N120 ($0.74) a litre, which is lower than the govt.'s proposed price of N140 but still far higher than last year's price of 65 naira per litre. The NLC chairman also said, "We want to make sure that [on] Saturday and Sunday people - we - relax and get energised," the NLC head told a rally in Abuja. If the government does not reverse its decision to the cut the subsidy over the weekend, the strike would resume, he warned. "We are going to come out on Monday very strong. It is going to be the mother of all crowds."

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Pastor Commander Samyoung onwuzulike    Washington, DC, USA    January 15, 2012
The Secret of Fuel Subsidy Protest: When Two Elephants Fight the Grass Suffers. Fuel Cartel Smugullers. The Big Men who live in the Northern Nigeria use Nigeria masses Fuel Subsidy Protest to protect their business. They are the Importers of President Goodluck's fuel, and same time their agents are major smugglers who smuggle fuel through Northern border towns to Niger, Chad and others. Take for example when Kaduna Refinery was producing thousands of tons of Tin Kero hardly you see a tin in any southern market, but trailer loads were sent out to border towns for illegal export. President Johnathan and his people knew these men because it involved many retired Generals.

Nigeria masses suffers because these gangs use them as cover for cheap fuel. Do we really want a true Nigeria or not? Let the North allow National Conference. Pastor Tunde Bakare go home and do your home work before you come out to talk.
OMOTAYO, J. A.    Lagos, NIGERIA    January 14, 2012
Who loses at the end of the strike, government or labour / civil society? My guess? Labour / civil society. Why? The arguements advanced so far are two weak for or against removal of fuel subsity. Within the weakness, the government position is stronger even though it is wrong. God save Nigeria.
Collins    Aba, Nigeria    January 13, 2012
NLC didn't you have any other work doing than agitating against what will profits us tomorow. Stop presurazing that man. If is of your own wish he won't have been there. Your striking has destroyed many souls, death, homeless, hunger, robbery, hatred , tribelysm, fighting blindly because of your selfish purpose. Even me here, i'm using my last kobo to send this! Please enough is enough. If you misunderstood me kindly contact me. 08067473786.
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