January 9th, 2012
09:28 AM ET

What is behind Nigeria fuel protests?

By Stephanie Busari, CNN

Nigeria, Africa's largest oil producer, ended oil subsidies on New Year's Day that had kept gasoline prices artificially low.

The cost of a liter of gasoline shot up from 65 naira (40 cents) to at least 141 naira (86 cents) virtually overnight.

Furious Nigerians have since taken to the streets, staging 'Occupy Nigeria' protests and mass demonstrations across the country.

Police have responded forcefully with many arrests. At least one person has died amid the unrest: 23-year-old student Muyideen Mustafa was allegedly hit by a police bullet in Ilorin, Kwara State, on January 03.

A police spokesman in Kano State also confirmed to CNN that they fired teargas into a crowd staging a midnight protest last weeka in order to disperse a largely peaceful demonstration by Muslims and Christians.

Read more here.

Post by:
Topics: Analysis • Nigeria

soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. prince Malik

    This govt has lost it. The president has disgraced the south/south,a minority section of the country,who no doubt give their backing for his election. The fuel subsidy removal should not have been the first on his priority of list of his sponsored transformation programmes or agenda. This is a "slap on the face of Nigerians and as such,We say No to its removal. The dualisation of Abuja-Lokoja-Okene-Okpella-Benin road,a contract of abt 8yrs now would have been one of his administration mojor priority . This is because,the is the only link between North and south of the country. Many lives has been lost due to neglect by government. Power supply,which the government promised that last year,there will be improvement by the ending of the year(2011) but that is just a mere promise which the government has failed.

    January 9, 2012 at 10:06 am | Reply
  2. Joseph McCarthy

    By this post it appears that Nigeria is ripe for Communism. They also need to segragate the Muslims from the Christians too, since the animosity between them is great.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Reply
  3. dazzos jack

    Well subsidising a product isn't the problem, but how this will be used to make the common man to benefit and enrich the country is what I don't believe in.I know things will get better soon with or without subsidizing price of a product.

    January 9, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Reply
  4. Kris Okoli

    I find the removal of subsidy outrageous from start to finish. I challenge the government of Jonathan to publish records of these transaction. We, the people of Nigeria will not be shortchanged for their inefficiencies and be made to pay for their luxury living/lifestyle. Government keep claiming they have records and fact, and are yet to publish one. Two years back, they claimed consumption of PMS stood at 23 million litres per day. Working with their new claim of 1.3 Trillion spent on subsidy, we are currently consuming 48 million litres per day including saturday and sunday when lifting of the product is prohibited.

    January 9, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Reply
  5. Adewale

    First and foremost,I must commend the Ǥ☺☺Đ people of Nigeria for saying no to govt.inefficiencesand their very many failures most especially subsidy removal. I challenge d govt.to apply d stolen monies recovered by EFFC to fix some of these failed infrastrures. Also,Mallam Sanusi CBN Governor believe that d govt can deliver and that the Bank are fully capitalised, they shd be encouraged to provide fund Kolade Group to fund projects initiated upon fuel subsidy removal.We wait for directives from NLC.

    January 9, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Reply
  6. olamide bays

    Sometimes I wonder if it's really democracy when I goverment doesn't even consult itself, and messes up the entire nation. What is really going on? Is there a conspiracy in this? The UN is going against it's beliefs, and is supporting the dearth of Nigerians by supporting the government. Graduates are earning peanuts, so what's the future?
    Christians are being killed up north, it's not even a concern to UN, EU, US, etc! What's really going on? Did everyone agree to keep quiet and watch Nigeria disintegrate?
    Christians are peaceful people, why would anyone want to kill them? Please CNN, help Christians, and Nigerians create more awareness.
    Thank you.

    January 10, 2012 at 1:50 am | Reply
  7. Monday

    THE PRESIDENT REMOVED THE FUEL SUBSIDY BEFORE REMEDIAL ACTIONS. IT IS A MISTAKE, BUT WE CAN FORGIVE HIM. IT IS NOT EASY TO BE A LEADER. ACTUALLY IF NIGERIANS LOVE THEIR NEGHBORS AS THEY LOVE THEMSELVES, NIGERIA WILL BE BETTER WHETHER THERE IS FUEL SUBSIDY REMOVAL OR NOT IS NOT THE REASON FOR OUR SELFISHNESS.

    January 10, 2012 at 4:11 am | Reply
  8. j. von hettlingen

    Once again, Nigeria is not the only county in Africa whose natural resources have become more a curse than a blessing. Instead of having the country's best interest – sustainable future – at heart, those serving the people take advantage of their office and enrich themselves as much as possible. They are short-sighted and don't care about being branded as thieves in their country's history.

    January 10, 2012 at 5:18 am | Reply
  9. EBHODAGHE AKHANENE

    why both past $ current president have so much interest in fuel?what is happen to our railway,agriculture $ cement factories there is hiding agenda for all the mr presidents

    January 10, 2012 at 5:59 am | Reply
  10. EBHODAGHE AKHANENE

    removing of fuel subsiding is good but mr president need to remove 50% of his $ the arms of government year budget(reduction in their both income,allowances,feeding,funitures,securities)so that every thing we go equally because mr president can not remove subsidy without reducing their spending.

    January 10, 2012 at 6:15 am | Reply
    • Beatrice

      Yes I agree with you....

      January 10, 2012 at 11:04 am | Reply
  11. dazzos jack

    What's is the conlusion in all of this...

    January 11, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Reply
  12. Samuel

    Unresonable president why d u allow devil 2 use u in sending hot fire on nigerians.b 4 i take u as my good presidnt bt nw u are d worst enemy nigerians could ever had.pls change nd turn 2 a nw live in jesus name amen.

    January 14, 2012 at 3:48 am | Reply

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 4,764 other followers