January 12th, 2012
05:32 AM ET

Nigeria protests rage on as calls for accountability grow

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."

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  1. Pop

    I will pray that they find shoes and avoid stepping on harmful things! That should help!

    January 12, 2012 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    Of course we all know what they are really protesting; watching their people and children starve as their ultra-plentiful batural resources goto nations that are statistically obese. Nigeria is one of the world's 'top ten' oil EXPORTING nations. There is no good reason for Africa starving. The rayping of Africa by fat nations is the ONLY reason they starve and fight. What? You don't think that some tribespeople got p/ssed when their tribal leaders sold some of them into slavery? The same exact thing occurs today. Bribe-taking African leaders selling out their own people to giant oil corporations, diamond brokers, etc etc etc etc etc etc etc...etc.

    January 12, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |

    The level of corruption in Nigeria today is driven largely by the extent of political corruption practiced by the ruling party. Government functionaries go to any extent to enrich themselves because they are in turn expected to pass some of their ill gotten wealth to fund party activities. This holds true for both PDP that controls the central government as well as ACN and other major political parties in the country. This drives the culture of impunity that is evident whenever corruption cases come up and is the reason why those cases are never conclusively resolved.

    January 12, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ivan

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    April 24, 2012 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |