The Nigerian spring!

Are we about to witness the Nigerian spring?

Nigeria;the seventh most populous nation and sixth largest producer of crude oil in the world- A nation with growing unemployment rates,abject poverty,epileptic power supply,insecurity and high crime rate and corruption.

The Arab Spring otherwise known as the Arab Awakening, is a revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests occurring in the Arab world that began on Saturday, 18 December 2010. To date, there have been revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt; a civil war in Libya resulting in the fall of its government; civil uprisings in Bahrain,Syria, and Yemen, the latter resulting in the resignation of the Yemeni prime minister; major protests in Algeria,Iraq,Jordan,Kuwait,Morocco,and Oman;and minor protests in Lebanon,Mauritania, Saudi Arabia,Sudan,and Western Sahara. Clashes at the borders of Israel in May 2011 and the Palestine 194 movement are also inspired by the regional Arab Spring.

The catalyst for the current escalation of protests was the self-immolation of Tunisian Mohamed Bouazizi. A college graduate, he was unable to find work and was selling fruit at a roadside stand until the police confiscated his wares and added a slap on the face. The next day (December 17) he doused himself with gasoline and set himself afire. His death on January 4 brought together various groups dissatisfied with the existing system, including many unemployed, political and human rights activists, labor, trade unionists, students, professors, lawyers, and others to begin the Tunisian Revolution.As the movement spread to other nations, these groups have become an unprecedented movement that has built sufficient momentum to engender the current scope of events.

Meanwhile in Nigeria,the Federal Government has announced the removal of fuel subsidy-which is the only benefit the Nigerian people get from the government.

The announcement on the 31st of December 2011 as sparked wild protest from the people through growing protest in the major cities of Nigeria like Lagos,Abuja,Kano,Kaduna,Gombe,Katsina,Bauchi and other cities. The protest as gone to the internet through social media,cyberware fare to major government sites.

In the cause of the protest,a Nigerian protester was killed by the Nigerian police in kwara while participating in a protest: MUYIDEEN MUSTAPHA OPOBIYI.

Meanwhile the Nigerian Labour Congress has threatened to go on a nationwide strike which will cripple the Nigerian Nation.The Nigerian present uprising has all the characteristics of the Arab spring.

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