Editor’s Note: More than any other African nation, Nigeria represents an oil-rich, heavily populated, natural resource power-house country teetering on the verge of complete destabilization – and possible civil war. Keep a close eye on Nigeria, as well as for the fingerprints of the globalist influence in the area of ‘democratic reform’. Nigeria is under heavy pressure from the IMF to implement further austerity measures and to create a new sovereign wealth fund from which liquidity-starved IMF member banks can extract further cash in another neo-colonial scam. Nigeria’s failure to tow the IMF line may eventually result in a collapse in their current ruling regime.
January 17, 2012
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) – Thick black smoke and flames rose Tuesday from the burning roadblock that cut off a highway linking Nigeria’s mainland to the islands where the oil-rich nation’s wealthy live. The bare-chested young men who live under the bridge said they had had enough.
“This is oligarchy, this is not a democracy!” shouted Danjuma Mohammed, as he stood before the fire holding rocks in his hands. “We are no longer afraid of you! We are ready for war!”
As the paralyzing nationwide strike called by labor unions Nigeria entered its second day Tuesday, protests by those angered by government corruption and inaction drew tens of thousands to the streets and remain largely peaceful. However, worrying signs of possible unrest have begun emerging in a multiethnic nation of more than 160 million people often violently divided by those who have and those who have not.
In Benin City in Nigeria’s southwest, an angry mob killed five people and wounded at least six others Tuesday afternoon as they attacked the city’s central mosque and a Quranic school, Nigerian Red Cross spokesman Nwakpa O. Nwakpa said. Monday, a mob tried and failed to set a mosque ablaze.