Jan 9 - Freedom Park (02:42)
Monday, January 16, 2012 at 9:51PM
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Gani Fawehinmi Park, named after a revered humans rights lawyer became the focus of the protests on mainland Lagos. On the first day of the strike half a million people gathered to listen to music and impassioned speeches.

Funmi interviewed the, 'Save Nigeria Group' leader Pastor Tunde Bakare and activist Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin.

A firebrand pastor, Bakare was a vice presidential candidate for the opposition party CPC and has been a vocal critic of corruption and past governments for many years. His political associations were an issue for some and encouraged the government to characterise the protest as the work of disgruntled politicians intent on regime change.

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