Nigerians in the UK have joined the fight against fuel subsidy removal.
On 6th January 2012 about 400 Nigerians gathered in front of the Nigerian House in Northumberland in London, where the Nigerian Embassy is located to express their grievances to the Nigerian government.
The peaceful protest was organised by the Students’ Association of Nigerians in the Diaspora (SAND).
Addressing the protestors, London-based Nigerian activist Kayode Ogundamisi said: “No matter who you supported during the last general elections, we are all victims of oppression of Nigeria’s ruling class.”
He said that Nigerians from all religious backgrounds are dying of starvation. “Today we have a Nigerian who is a Muslim, and dying of starvation. We have a Nigerian Christian, dying of starvation. We have a Nigerian traditional worshiper, dying of starvation. Today, we know it’s the struggle between the oppressed Nigerian and the minority one percent ruling over the rest of Nigerians,” he said.
The protestors called for good governance in Nigeria and asked Nigerian leaders to listen to the people’s voice.
They also warned of a pending revolution in Nigeria to get rid of corrupt leaders who have impoverished the country and made it lose credibility.
Since the government of Nigeria announced the removal of subsidies on 1st January 2012, gas prices in the country have doubled. The cuts have also led to an increase in transportation costs in the country.
by Stephen Ogongo
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