Its the fight by Nigerian youths against the removal of fuel subsidy. For some reasons known to the government, they have planned to remove fuel subsidy in 2012 . This will take the fuel price wayyy up to about 150naira per litre and ofcourse you know that everything else will go wayyyy up too .
Today, 11-11-11 some have come in from all over the country by road, others by air to join their fellow Nigerian Youth today at the UNITY Fountain beside Hilton Hotel Abuja, right in front of the Millenium Park. Its going to be a peaceful protest, a sit-down protest.. a HUNGER STRIKE. yup!! no eating till the government hears the Nigerian youths out.
"The support from young people across Nigeria and in the diaspora is enormous. Today is D-Day. Young people from all walks of life will gather at the Unity Fountain, Opposite Transcorp hilton, Abuja to observe a one-day sit-down hunger strike campaign against the planned Fuel subsidy removal policy by the current administration.
There has been a lot of emotions about the fuel subsidy issue, many people have different ideas on how the fuel subsidy removal should be tackled but majority of the young people in Nigeria believe that this is a policy that will threaten their livelihood and make life more difficult.
We have published a list of demand from Government. We do not plan to bring down the Government as many people have rumoured. Far from it, we believe in making our voice heard in a peaceful and dynamic way."
Do I think hunger strike is a brilliant idea ?
I am not exactly sure it is but like I said to someone, if they are able to get a whole lot of coverage by the media both local and international . There'll most likely be some sort of negotiation.
Also, this is better than doing absolutely nothing than just grumbling(shuffering and shmiling)...
If you are not in abuja, you can follow up on what is going on there via the twitter hashtag #fuelsubsidy.
For more info on the protest http://fuelsubsidy.org/
follow me on twitter @dangeldiva to also get more info