The Opposition In Power


By Ebesekaye Rukevwe

The period from January 2 to January 4, 2012 were historic for our country as hundreds of thousands of Nigerians in major cities across the country took to the streets to protest the government’s cut on fuel subsidy announced on January 1, 2012. What a harsh way to wish Nigerians a Happy New Year. It must have taken a lot of guts but also came across as if the government did not anticipate the outrage from Nigerians who were faced with the reality of buying fuel at about double what it was sold just days before.

The face of the protest was opposition political party leaders, labour unions, civil society groups, celebrities, and prominent individuals from all walks of life. The government was flayed and verbally abused until it eventually ceded to the demands of Nigerians. The protest was a combination of strike actions, civil disobedience, demonstrations, social media activism and unfortunately, some Nigerians lost their lives during the protest.

While some…

Source: Leadership Newspaper