Fuel subsidy cuts spark protests in an already volatile Nigeria

January 12, 2012

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(AP/Sunday Alamba)
Nigerians in Lagos burn debris to protest the end of government fuel subsidies, as a nationwide strike gains steam.

On Monday, the Nigerian government announced it would end two decades of fuel subsidies. The actions prompted a nationwide strike in a country already rocked by deadly religious tensions in the north.

Now, the country’s top oil union - which represents 20,000 oil and gas workers - is threatening to completely shut down oil production if President Goodluck Jonathan doesn’t reverse his decision.

Clement Adibe, a professor of political science at DePaul University, provides analysis. He’s originally from the Niger Delta.