Protests that started over a scrapped fuel subsidy expanded into a demand for government accountability as throngs of Nigerians of all classes took to the streets again Thursday in a rare form of solidarity.
Businesses including shops, banks and gas stations remained closed Thursday. Downtown Lagos, usually jam-packed on a regular day, was a ghost town as tires burned in the middle of the streets.
"People of all walks are coming out to protest," said Olumide Adeleye, 24, a Lagos entrepreneur. "There are young people and old people, people parking their Mercedes-Benzs and Land Rovers. People walking bare foot."