Really inspirational to see that protesters in Nigeria have embraced the language of the Occupy movement and are challenging years of public and oil sector corruption in the oil-rich nation. The movement has galvanized the youth against the lack of public infrastructure, job opportunities, and increasingly higher prices for basic goods and services:
The key passage:
President Goodluck Jonathan’s New Year’s decision to remove a fuel subsidy – an act that doubled the price of fuel for Nigerians overnight – catapulted the movement, which has dubbed itself, Occupy Nigeria. “Really from our perspective it was just a trigger,” said Adamolekun of the end of the fuel subsidy. “Nigerians have been very quiet for so long. The corruption in the system is known at home and abroad. Lack of infrastructure, rising costs of goods and services.”
What’s even more inspiring is that some cooperation and unity is being fostered between the tense and often violent Christian and Muslim Communities in Nigeria’s cities and towns.
“We’ve had places from Kano and various places around the country – even in Lagos – where Muslim brothers would be praying and Christians would stand guard,” said Adamolekun. “In Niger State two days ago Muslim brothers went around the church to protect the worshippers while they were there.”