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.

 

 

 

Search
Whats Happening on Twitter
Navigation
Wednesday
Feb292012

Jan 17 - The Last Meeting (05:51)

 

Amidst accusations of under table deals and sell out agreements, the city staggers back to a semblance of order keenly overseen by soldiers who remain on the streets despite the protests of the State Governor. Freedom Park is ringed by several tanks and there are reports of raids on the CNN and BBC offices by the State Security Service (SSS.)

The repression works and the notorious Lagos gridlock re-establishes itself as if the protests never happened. Chopcassava go to the Victoria Island home of statesman and former presidential candidate, Dr Tunji Braithwaithes, where a meeting of civil society groups, activists and elder statesmen has been called to plan a response to the deployment of soldiers. 

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

References (13)

References allow you to track sources for this article, as well as articles that were written in response to this article.
  • Response
    Not good ie story may be simple:... men and women do not sing when they are sense practical. ~W. They would. Auden, Period, 29 November 1961 Jango is best. In addittion to locating the very best designer along with gendres you can also find brand new future designer. Great completely new ...
  • Response
    Response: red bottom shoes
    The ultimate way to move documents through the computer to be able to ipad/iphone as well as recíprocamente is actually iFunbox some sort of freeware convenient to use software that you may easily discover in the internet.
  • Response
    Chopcassava - Documenting Nigeria's Fuel Subsidy Struggle - Video Blog - Jan 17 - The Last Meeting (05:51)
  • Response
    It"s i bet its hard to believe exactly how naive men and women may be, criminals will not stick to laws and regulations. They also will never "print guns" It"s a lot more expedient to steal or even get stolen weapons. In addition as you can see inside the video clip ...
  • Response
    heya i actually by accident removed this htaccess data file, very cud anyone help me available how i cud put it bak??? pls rapid Now i'm operating Filezilla a few. second . 6. 1 and the technique of featuring. htaccess has changed.
  • Response
    Wow, as well as its operating? I got acquiring all kinds of iSCSI time frame outs whenever we enhanced a new buddies products to five. 0... nonetheless it had been beginning launch involving a few. zero perhaps they may have since set it.
  • Response
    Response: fred perry outlet
    Good work John. So very much more very photographs and also arrows on this 1. Especially directed instantly on Spots. This is planning to look great in the web site with a significant Awesome company logo on it. Just simply joking.: -)
  • Response
    Response: LnjtVmee
    Chopcassava - Documenting Nigeria's Fuel Subsidy Struggle - Video Blog - Jan 17 - The Last Meeting (05:51)
  • Response
    Chopcassava - Documenting Nigeria's Fuel Subsidy Struggle - Video Blog - Jan 17 - The Last Meeting (05:51)
  • Response
    Response: our homepage
    Chopcassava - Documenting Nigeria's Fuel Subsidy Struggle - Video Blog - Jan 17 - The Last Meeting (05:51)
  • Response
    Education develops the productive employees for the organizations they understand their roles and work in the organization they use the best skills for the increase of profit for the organization.
  • Response
  • Response
    Response: instagram running

Reader Comments (1)

This video and some others cannot be viewed due to restrictions on permission, pls kindly rectify this issue. Thanks

June 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTosin

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>
« JAN 19 - The Elders' March (02:36) | Main | JAN 16 - The Soldiers Shoot (05:46) »