Let Them Chop Cassava!

In Nigeria chop means to eat, it can also mean to eat with immoral or criminal greed.

Cassava is a root carbohydrate staple. Nigeria is the largest producer of cassava and the 6th largest oil producer in the world. 

On January 1st 2012 the Nigerian Government shocked its citizens by announcing a 117% rise in the price of fuel. As 70% of Nigerians live on less than $1 a day, for many the price hike was a serious threat to their very survival.

The government argued it could no longer afford a subsidy that kept the price of petrol artificially low, ministers admitted there was rampant corruption in the petroleum industry and claimed subsidy removal would thwart the activities of a shadowy "cabal" of oil marketers and politicians who profited from the status quo and over whom they were powerless.

Incensed that their notoriously profligate and highly paid leaders, (some four hundred senators and representatives earn substantially more than President Obama,) had done nothing to tackle corruption, Nigerians of all classes took to the streets demanding a reversal to the original 65 Naira per litre price.

As the protests developed, the profligacy, corruption and ethnic divisions that have blighted the country's development came into sharp focus.

 

 

 

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Jan 13 - Anthony is Mobilised (03:07)

Anthony Village is a typical Lagos suburb. A mixture of classes, ethnicities and professions live together peacefully.

The area is stirred by the fuel price hike to come out and protest. Locals meet and parade the streets before heading to join the main rally at Freedom Park in nearby Ojota.

Morenike Nedum, daughter of human rights activist, Dr Beko Ransome Kuti and niece of Afrobeat Legend Fela, is an Anthony Village community organiser.

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