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A battle for the soul of the country

by Hilda a member of the Nigeria Labour Congress in Lagos
Issue No. 1927

THERE IS an electric atmosphere in our country as we move towards an indefinite strike which will begin next Tuesday.

Last week we started a series of big rallies to win support for the action. We gathered in Yaaba market in Lagos and listened to speeches. The police were too nervous to disperse us violently.

The strike is about the soaring price of oil. Why should Nigerians, who live in a land of oil, have to pay such high prices?

Those at the top of Nigerian society are profiting from the oil price rises because they are involved with refineries that sell at the world price. They collect their cash in dollars.

The strike’s demands have widened beyond the oil price issue. The strikers are uniting pro-democracy groups behind them.This is now becoming a struggle for the soul of Nigeria.

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Sat 13 Nov 2004, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1927
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