By Chi Ibe
Yesterday, Nigerians across the country turned out in their tens of thousands under the leadership of organised Labour and Civil Society groups, as well as notable Nigerians such as Tunde Bakare, Retired Col Hameed Ali, Prof Pat Utomi, Dr Tunji Braitwaithe, and entertainers like KWAM 1, 9ice, Banky W, Sam Dede, Ras Kimono, and Femi Kuti.
The protests against petroleum product subsidy removal were supported with solidarity messages from notable writers like Prof Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, Okey Ndibe, Nduka Otiono and Helon Habila. The protests spread across major cities in Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Port Harcourt, Lafia, Owo, Makurdi, Okene, Ile-Ife, Asaba, Oyo, Akoka, Zaria, Umuahia, Ogbomoso, LASU Ojo, Ikare, Warri, Zuru with over two million total turnout, though in Enugu an embargo on movement was issued by the reactionary governor.
In a statement released by the Building Leverage and Unity on Fuel Subsidy Struggle (BLUF) coalition, they hailed the bravery of the protesters and the solidarity support received but condemned the unprovoked overnight attack on the Occupy Nigeria protesters that camped peacefully near the Eagle Square for over four days.
“We also call for immediate prosecution of the security personnel who gunned down protesters in Ojota, Kano and other parts of the country. We consider it preposterous that the police say that the attacked protesters did not make an incident report at any police station. We urge the government to save further loss of lives and productivity by immediately reverting to N65/L, as demanded by the generality of Nigerians before beginning dialogue,” the group said.