January 11th, 2012
05:22 AM ET

Nigerian unions blame president of using 'thugs' to quash protests

Two Nigerian trade unions accused the country's president of using "armed thugs" to attack protesters, and urged demonstrators to continue their nationwide strike against fuel prices on Wednesday and beyond.

"In a Mubarak-style response to the peoples' protests, the Jonathan administration brought into Abuja, thugs armed with various weapons including guns," the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria said in a joint statement late Tuesday night.

The unions were comparing President Goodluck Jonathan to former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's alleged response to anti-government protests last year.


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  1. earl

    From what i have heard n read it not like what ppl think

    January 11, 2012 at 5:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    If I lived in that country, I'd find a way to get out of it and go somewhere better.
    "Good luck to all of you."

    January 11, 2012 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    SSDD, different country.

    January 11, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. fernace

    Good Luck to all Nigerians standing up for their right to be treated as humans! No luck whatsoever to Jonathan!! Lol!

    January 11, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  5. medu efe emmanuel

    Goodluck should step down for the country to move forward

    January 11, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat (in a hat)©

    THUGS ! Don't you just love that word ?

    January 11, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Migeul Sanchez

    right wing thugs?

    January 12, 2012 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  8. adeogun olufemi

    I think Gont is a liar,the country is in a serious problem financially! How can they used 1.3t isteqd of the usual 380b. Something is wrong !!!

    January 12, 2012 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  9. Clayton Udoh

    The Unions themselves are crooks.Jonathan's timing in this regards is tough but this issue when visited later will be disastrous for Nigeria. The corruption in Nigeria is beyond comprehension

    January 15, 2012 at 3:30 am | Report abuse |