Music, hard drinks sustain Lagos protest

2012-01-12
THE PUNCH Newspaper- Temitayo Famutimi

Apart from music from different stands, drinks ranging from soft to hard, sold at the protest ground, sustained the interests of Nigerians who have defied all odds to participate in the mass action.

Most protesters danced to the rhythm of sounds blaring from the speakers.

One of the protesters, Dayo Owolabi, explained that though the rally cut the picture of a carnival, the speeches by the speaker as well as the music and other activities passed profound messages.

“A blend of entertainment and agitation is needed to sustain this mass action.The struggle for the reversal of the hike in fuel price cannot be a talk show alone. From the placards to the music played we have all made our stance clear to government that we are tired of oppressive policies and as such sent our message across that we are against the removal of fuel subsidy” Owolabi said.

For Mrs. Bola Babatunde, a seller of assorted hot drinks, the protest by labour unions against the hike in fuel price had not grounded her business. She said she enjoyed the goodwill of protesters who have been thronging her place since Monday.

Babatunde said, “The hundreds of protesters have been patronising me since the first day of this protest.I have maintained a income of N28,000 from my sales of hot drinks daily. Though I pray that the government reverts to the old pump price but I have not been much affected anyway.”

The protest ground also afforded many people the opportunity to socialise and meet old time friends.

Kunle Arowojobe, who spoke with our correspondent, said apart from meeting new people, he had also re-united with many of his school mates at the university.

Arowojobe said,” Today I met with my classmate whom I had lost contact with since 2006 when I left the university.I have continued to meet with my old friends and associates.I have also made new friends in this struggle for the reversal of of the fuel subsidy removal. Even this alone has made my attendance at the protest grounds really worthwhile.”

Children were also not left out of the protest as many of them joined their parents in solidarity.

An eight-year-old girl, Aanuoluwapo Ogunnaike, who had been attending the rally since Monday, said she was tired of staying back at home and and urged President Goodluck Jonathan to listen to the voice of the people.

“I am tired of staying at home. I urge our dear president to listen to the cries and pains of the people,” Ogunnaike said.

 

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