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Monday, 9 January 2012

Photos and Video From #OccupyNigeria Protest in Washington, DC

Fuel subsidy removal protest held today at the World Bank HQ, in Washington DC. Watch video and more photos when you continue...






 
 
 

18 Comments:

  • At 9 January 2012 at 22:04 , Anonymous Osagie1 said...

    Welldone guys. It good 2b away. Help us chase any nigerian politicians seen there' 2come back home.

     
  • At 9 January 2012 at 22:19 , Blogger lucabracee said...

    america as big as you are yo no try o even we in london had up to 400 people

     
  • At 9 January 2012 at 23:00 , Blogger Temitope Olayiwola Taiwo said...

    Thumbs up Guyz

     
  • At 9 January 2012 at 23:00 , Anonymous uche said...

    Dear friends, forgive me if I have disturbed your peace, with this broadcast. As you might have noticed I don't normally do broadcasts and I have refrained from sending broadcasts since the national debate on subsidy removal began. I would implore you to kindly download the entire 2012 appropriation Bill (2012 budget) as prepared by the National Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Mrs Ngozi Okonjo Iweala and presented to the NASS by the President , Dr Jonathan. [It is a huge-zip files, so download on a PC ]. After downloading, Kindly look at the figures budgeted for the Presidency on a line by line basis. I have looked at it, and words failed me. May God deliver this country from the locusts we call leaders. The link is http://t.co/69YCeMKo . God bless Nigeria. #occupynigeria

     
  • At 9 January 2012 at 23:05 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Am happy u guys over dia r in d spirit,i seriously pray 4 Gods divine interventn

     
  • At 9 January 2012 at 23:13 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Protest? This one na meeting o!

     
  • At 9 January 2012 at 23:24 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Sharrrap @lucabracee! them tell you say DC na the only state wey America get? There were protests going on all over the country in different states. Over sabi

     
  • At 10 January 2012 at 01:00 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Guys, I stumbled on this article written by one John Doe. The article centered on fuel subsidy removal. Think its gud I bring it to ur attention http://bit.ly/w7BgQN #OccupyNigeria #FuelSubsidy #SaveNigeria

     
  • At 10 January 2012 at 01:17 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    why disturb people who dont really care if you want to protest go to nigeria and protest dont disturb people no one cares besides i think ur president is right and you should give him a chance until you can prove he would not do what he promises just because the others before him didnt there is no reason to protest and besides there is always a sacrifice to pay for the development of a nation you all need to go sit down and save your energy until you actually really need it

     
  • At 10 January 2012 at 01:35 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLd8o8z-2CU&sns=fb

    Happy viewing

     
  • At 10 January 2012 at 02:27 , Anonymous Jay O said...

    Great job
    @lucabracee, do you know flight from LA to DC is almost 6hrs!!! That same flt time will take you from London to Lagos!!! Being big makes it even harder, Nigerians are scattered all over the US. Its not about taking train for an hr to get to location. Some of the people who participated, even drove from NY, almost 4hrs drive, even within the metro DC area, some came from Baltimore, 30mins drive without traffic( 1-2hrs in traffic), and Philly, 2hrs drive without traffic, among other places.

    Please be civil, and act like a mature adult. If you arent helping with the problem, you become a part of the problem. If you participated in the London protests, you negated your efforts by letting such silly talk come out of your mouth.

     
  • At 10 January 2012 at 04:15 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE BY NILE BOWIE:

    On a recent trip to West Africa, the newly appointed managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde ordered the governments of Nigeria, Guinea, Cameroon, Ghana and Chad to relinquish vital fuel subsidies. Much to the dismay of the population of these nations, the prices of fuel and transport have near tripled over night without notice, causing widespread violence on the streets of the Nigerian capital of Abuja and its economic center, Lagos. Much like the IMF induced riots in Indonesia during the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis, public discontent in Nigeria is channelled towards an incompetent and self-serving domestic elite, compliant to the interests of fraudulent foreign institutions.

    Although Nigeria holds the most proven oil reserves in Africa behind Libya, it’s people are now expected to pay a fee closer to what the average American pays for the cost of fuel, an exorbitant sum in contrast to its regional neighbours. Alternatively, other oil producing nations such as Venezuela, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia offer their populations fuel for as little as $0.12 USD per gallon. While Lagos has one of Africa’s highest concentration of billionaires, the vast majority of the population struggle daily on less than $2.00 USD. Amid a staggering 47% youth unemployment rate and thousands of annual deaths related to preventable diseases, the IMF has pulled the rug out from under a nation where safe drinking water is a luxury to around 80% of it’s populace.

    Although Nigeria produces 2.4 million barrels of crude oil a day intended for export use, the country struggles with generating sufficient electrical power and maintaining its infrastructure. Ironically enough, less than 6% of bank depositors own 88% of all bank deposits in Nigeria. Goldman Sachs employees line its domestic government, in addition to the former Vice President of the World Bank, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who is widely considered by many to be the de facto Prime Minister. Even after decades of producing lucrative oil exports, Nigeria has failed to maintain it’s own refineries, forcing it to illogically purchase oil imports from other nations. Society at large has not benefited from Nigeria’s natural riches, so it comes as no surprise that a severe level of distrust is held towards the government, who claims the fuel subsidy needs to be lifted in order to divert funds towards improving the quality of life within the country.

    To be continued...

     
  • At 10 January 2012 at 04:16 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    continued....

    Like so many other nations, Nigerian people have suffered from a systematically reduced living standard after being subjected to the IMF’s Structural Adjustment Policies (SAP). Before a loan can be taken from the World Bank or IMF, a country must first follow strict economic policies, which include currency devaluation, lifting of trade tariffs, the removal of subsidies and detrimental budget cuts to critical public sector health and education services.

    SAPs encourage borrower countries to focus on the production and export of domestic commodities and resources to increase foreign exchange, which can often be subject to dramatic fluctuations in value. Without the protection of price controls and an authentic currency rate, extreme inflation and poverty subsist to the point of civil unrest, as seen in a wide array of countries around the world (usually in former colonial protectorates). The people of Nigeria have been one of the world’s most vocal against IMF-induced austerity measures, student protests have been met with heavy handed repression since 1986 and several times since then, resulting in hundreds of civilian deaths. As a testament to the success of the loan, the average laborer in Nigeria earned 35% more in the 1970’s than he would of in 2012.

    Working through the direct representation of Western Financial Institutions and the IMF in Nigeria’s Government, a new IMF conditionality calls for the creation of a Sovereign Wealth Fund. Olusegun Aganga, the former Nigerian Minister of Finance commented on how the SWF was hastily pushed through and enacted prior to the countries national elections. If huge savings are amassed from oil exports and austerity measures, one cannot realistically expect that these funds will be invested towards infrastructure development based on the current track record of the Nigerian Government. Further more, it is increasingly more likely that any proceeds from a SWF would be beneficial to Western institutions and markets, which initially demanded its creation. Nigerian philanthropist Bukar Usman prophetically writes “I have genuine fears that the SWF would serve us no better than other foreign-recommended "remedies" which we had implemented to our own detriment in the past or are being pushed to implement today.”

    The abrupt simultaneous removal of fuel subsidies in several West African nations is a clear indication of who is really in charge of things in post-colonial Africa. The timing of its cushion-less implementation could not be any worse, Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan recently declared a state of emergency after forty people were killed in a church bombing on Christmas day, an act allegedly committed by the Islamist separatist group, Boko Haram. The group advocates dividing the predominately Muslim northern states from the Christian southern states, a similar predicament to the recent division of Sudan.

    To be continued....

     
  • At 10 January 2012 at 04:17 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    continued....


    As the United States African Command (AFRICOM) begins to gain a foothold into the continent with its troops officially present in Eritrea and Uganda in an effort to maintain security and remove other theocratic religious groups such as the Lord’s Resistance Army, the sectarian violence in Nigeria provides a convenient pretext for military intervention in the continuing resource war. For further insight into this theory, it is interesting to note that United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania conducted a series of African war game scenarios in preparation for the Pentagon’s expansion of AFRICOM under the Obama Administration.

    In the presence of US State Department Officials, employees from The Rand Corporation and Israeli military personnel, a military exercise was undertaken which tested how AFRICOM would respond to a disintegrating Nigeria on the verge of collapse amidst civil war. The scenario envisioned rebel factions vying for control of the Niger Delta oil fields (the source of one of America’s top oil imports), which would potentially be secured by some 20,000 U.S. troops if a US-friendly coup failed to take place At a press conference at the House Armed Services Committee on March 13, 2008, AFRICOM Commander, General William Ward then went on to brazenly state the priority issue of America’s growing dependence on African oil would be furthered by AFRICOM operating under the principle theatre-goal of “combating terrorism”.

    At an AFRICOM Conference held at Fort McNair on February 18, 2008, Vice Admiral Robert T. Moeller openly declared the guiding principle of AFRICOM was to protect “the free flow of natural resources from Africa to the global market”, before citing China’s increasing presence in the region as challenging to American interests. After the unwarranted snatch-and-grab regime change conducted in Libya, nurturing economic destabilization, civil unrest and sectarian conflict in Nigeria is an ultimately tangible effort to secure Africa’s second largest oil reserves. During the pillage of Libya, its SFW accounts worth over 1.2 billion USD were frozen and essentially absorbed by Franco-Anglo-American powers; it would realistic to assume that much the same would occur if Nigeria failed to comply with Western interests. While agents of foreign capital have already infiltrated its government, there is little doubt that Nigeria will become a new front in the War on Terror.

    Nile Bowie is a freelance writer and photojournalist; he's regularly contributed to Tony Cartalucci's Land Destroyer Report and Alex Jones' Infowars.

    Global Research Articles by Nile Bowie

    NIGERIANS PASS THIS ALONG! OUR FUTURE AND THAT OF GENERATIONS UNBORN IS AT STAKE. ITS NOW OR NEVER!

     
  • At 10 January 2012 at 09:30 , Anonymous yinka olanipekun said...

    althouh alo ole dabi ile but still i feel u guys nice one

     
  • At 10 January 2012 at 22:43 , Anonymous Vic said...

    Nigerians in London is different from Nigerians in the US. So, comparing the numbers of naijas who showed up in London to DC makes no sense.
    Big ups to those that showed up. Keep up the good work.

     
  • At 11 January 2012 at 02:10 , Anonymous henry said...

    Yes oo, am proud of you guys, no matter the distance. thumps up

     
  • At 11 January 2012 at 02:12 , Anonymous henry said...

    yes oo, am felling you guys, No matter the distance. Thumps Up

     

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