Until now, the nations citizens have enjoyed low prices of petrol or premium motor spirit (pms) due to government aided subsidy. However, on the 1st of January 2012, the govt. of Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (Nigerian president) announced that they were removing the subsidy which cost them the neighbourhood of 1.3trillion naira in 2011. This, they said, will enable them repurpose the savings into building non-existing and dilapidate infrastructure for its people.
The problem: no one believes them any more.
Protesters have taken to the streets in several states of the federation, calling these rallies #OccupyNigeria (in the manner of #Occupy protests that started in the US). Social networks have been abuzz with the term and users have been venting on twitter and Facebook since the announcement. A new dimension was added when on twitter someone posted that the website of the country’s ministry of transport have been hacked.
As of the time of this writing, if you visit the site of Nigeria’s Ministry of Transport website, you will find the following:
|Hacked Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Transport website.|
And they promised to do more (just scroll down on the site). Earlier, the protest had received it’s own Wikipedia entry and a dedicated website (of twitter posts with #occupyNigeria hashtag). So far, the govt. has not rescinded its position on the withdrawal so on it all goes.