On 1 January 2012, the Federal Government of Nigeria eliminated government subsidies intended to keep petrol prices at an affordable rate—especially for many of the country’s disadvantaged citizens, who regarded such subsidies as their only benefit from the country’s oil wealth. The subsequent 116% overnight increase in the price of petrol prompted the Nigerian Labour and Trade Unions and other civil organisations, on 9 January 2012, to initiate a nationwide strike. The week started off with small pockets of unrest and moderate demonstrations that gradually gave way to full-fledged civil resistance throughout the nation.
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