JAN 19 - The Elders' March (02:36)
Friday, March 2, 2012 at 9:51PM
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On January 19th, a small group meets at the Lagos State House of Assembly to protest the deployment of soldiers on the streets of Lagos. All over the country the protest is dissipating and the small numbers of protesters are a stark contrast to the close to a million people who had turned out at Ojota days earlier.

The group is led by three distinguished, elder statesmen - former presidential candidate and lawyer, Dr Tunji Braithwaithe, eminent legal scholar Professor Ben Nwabueze and Kalu Idika Kalu, a former Finance Minister. Also present are Occupy Nigeria activists and religious leaders. The elders' want to help publicise the protest and hope their presence will protect their younger, supposedly more dispensible allies from a violent response by the military and police.

The State government although publicly at odds with the deployment of Federal troops declines to support the marchers who are determined to reclaim Freedom Park. 

Article originally appeared on Chopcassava - Documenting Nigeria's Fuel Subsidy Struggle (http://www.chopcassava.com/).
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