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10 years after, Occupy Nigeria protest to return 

AN amalgam of civil society groups and political actors have vowed to shut down Nigeria again, like they did nearly a decade back, if the Federal Government goes ahead with its plan to increase fuel and electricity prices in 2022.

In an operation codenamed ‘Occupy Nigeria,’ forces opposed to President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration’s fuel price hike shut down the country for nearly two weeks in 2012.

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As opposition elements, the leaders of the effective protests that crippled the country are now senior operatives in President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, which is seeking to increase fuel and electricity prices, as it has done multiple times in the last six years.President Muhammadu Buhari

In a communique issued after a public meeting with allies, the Peoples Alternative Political Movement (TPAP-M) coalition threatened to shut down the country again as the anniversary of the 2012 shutdown approaches.

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“The public meeting was well attended by groups and individuals from across the country, including affiliates of TPAP-M, the Coalition on NGO Networks in Northern Nigeria, Trade Union Congress, AUPCTRE, Campaign for Transformative Governance (CFTG), representatives of informal sector workers, women formations, and youth and young persons, including those who continue to play front line roles in the #EndSARS movement,” according to the communique signed by Comrades Omotoye Olo and Ademola Adele.

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“The public meeting was convened against the backdrop of the unfolding and rapidly deepening crisis in the energy sector,” the coalition added.

“This triple energy crisis is characterized by rising gas prices, which have made gas unaffordable to the poor and even middle classes; and threatened increases in fuel and electricity tariffs, which would price these essential products and services out of reach of the impoverished masses and make energy completely unaffordable to the working people and the toiling masses.”

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“The combined effect of all of these is that Nigerians will become even poorer; businesses, particularly small and medium-sized businesses, will struggle to survive, laying off workers and possibly closing down.” Big businesses will also face rising production costs, and those that survive will do so at the expense of their workforce (many of whom will be laid off) and ordinary citizens (to whom they will shift the cost).”

“January 2022 will mark ten years since Occupy Nigeria (The January Uprising) of 2012 shook the nation and the ruling class to its foundations,” the coalition said while urging Nigerians to prepare for Occupy Nigeria: Phase 2.

“It’s worth noting that the same factors that fueled Occupy Nigeria are resurfacing to fuel another January uprising – inept government, ruling-class greed and impunity, lack of domestic refining capacity, rising living costs, rising unemployment, and increasing insecurity.”

“This time, we must face the challenge with greater resolve as a people, as well as greater political resolve.” Without addressing and resolving the question of political power – that is, who (which class) holds and wields power; without preparing ourselves, and the working peoples and toiling masses for, and to take power; without preparing ourselves, and the working peoples and toiling masses for, and to take power; these problems, among others, will never be solved, and will certainly never be resolved in the interest of the toiling masses.

“When the GEJ regime unjustly raised fuel prices in the name of removing fuel subsidies in January 2012, there was a justifiable outcry, which sparked the January uprising, also known as Occupy Nigeria, in which there were mass protests in over 55 cities for more than two weeks, as well as a week-long general workers strike that paralyzed the economy.”

“Recall that the same justifications for the fuel price hike that the Jonathan administration pushed ten years ago are still being pushed by the current Buhari administration.

“Is it true that nothing has changed in ten years?” And, despite eliminating the so-called subsidy in 2012, there is still a subsidy to be eliminated in 2022?”

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