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Fuel subsidy protest continues for second day in Lagos


Lagos (WorldStage Newsonline)-- Protests over the January 1 removal of fuel subsidy in Nigeria enters the second day on Tuesday.

In Lagos, protesters left Labour House at Yaba around 8am and a faction trekked towards Tafawa Balewa Square and another faction moved to the Gani Fawehinmi Memorial Garden in Ojota.

Speaking at Ojota, a Lagos lawyer, Femi Falana said peope should not read ethnic meaning to the ongoing strike, that it was not because President Goodluck Jonathan is from the South South, but because he and his cabinet had betrayed the people that put them in government.

He said section 14 and sub-section 2 of Nigerian constitution stated that the welfare and security of Nigerians shall be the priority of the government.

Therefore, we shall not allow government policies to impoverish us, he said.

He said the cost of governance was too expensive and should be reduced.

He said the problem with Nigeria started over 15 years ago during when Shagari government called it Austerity Measure, the Babangida government called it SAP, liberalisation among others, while the current government called it deregulation.

He said they were euphemism to exploit the people, and that Nigerians should not be deterred and discouraged, saying people organised cannot be defeated.

He described the protest so far as the best he had ever seen, saying it would have cost over N1 billion to organise if it was a political rally.

The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) spokesman, Mr. Yinka Odumakin in his remarked said the policeman, Segun Fabunmi who was alleged to have shot a protester on Monday had been arrested, and that they would ensure that he is prosecuted.

By Prince Okedinachi (pokedinachi@yahoo.com)

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