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Youth Leader, Wale Ajani Detained Over Planned Protest

Nov 10, 2011 – Youth Leader, Wale Ajani Detained Over Planned Protest

Mr Wale Ajani, the  current president of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, has been detained by SSS, reporting.

He was detained on Wednesday afternoon and, as at the time of filing this report, had been held and questioned by the SSS for over three hours for his role in the planned hunger strike slated for November 11, 2011 by young Nigerians, in protest of the federal government’s proposed petroleum subsidy removal.

Wale Ajani, who strongly campaigned for President Goodluck Jonathan in the April 2011 general elections, in an interview, said that the hunger strike was to be a “peaceful protest”

The hunger strike is a peaceful protest the Nigerian youths are engaging in to show their displeasure and shock over the planned demonic removal of fuel subsidy,” he said.

Nigerian Youths are saying they are already hungry and going on a hunger strike to protest is no issue if that will help solve their problems. It is painful to imagine the untold hardship the fuel subsidy removal will cause Nigerians. Nigerian youths are standing together on the 11th day of the 11th month of year 2011 to say NO to Fuel Subsidy Removal. We hope you will join us at this history-making event. This is our own ‘Occupy Wall Street.”

The planned protest is supported by the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Y-Count Campaign, Youth Hub Africa, Labour Civil Society Movement, Nigerian Youth League and 50 other youth organisations across the country.

Reacting to Ajani’s detention, another of the protest organisers, Dayo Israel, said: “The struggle is not about any Youth Council or organisation, it is the Nigerian people resisting a disastrous government policy.

“Nigerian youth would still demonstrate our displeasure against the removal of fuel subsidy by this administration.”

This is very unfair, there is no freedom of speech this country. How come our youths aren’t allowed to voice their opinions.  Are we in a dictatorship era?



  1. Paul Eric

    November 10, 2011 at 4:02 AM

    If this hidden agenda formed the core campaign slogan for this administration prior to April’s general election, Goodluck would never have neared Aso Villa again. And this is lesson for the future.
    Why are they detaining Ajani after all? This administration is the worst in Nigeria’s political history. As far as I am concern Goodluck is feeble minded, too weak to run our body polity, so he should resign honourably. Because the removal of Fuel subsidy is the most outrageous and inhuman policy that a nation said to blessed with milk and honey can implement. Remember that 80% Nigerians are poor even with the Fuel subsidy, and this can lead to an adversed double digit growth in the level of poverty.
    Let our leaders think outside the box. This is Nigeria and not America nor Britian.

  2. Badluck. President

    November 10, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    Dats d signs and wonders of “FRESH AIR” MR badluck promised nigerians. Mr president badluck is a disgrace 2 d people dis country; nigeria. A social site shud b open 4 d youth who wil only believe d course of we the youth. We wil then proceed 2 stand on our ground 2 fight d government now and during d next election. Long live Nigeria,long live the youth of Nigeria and continous trouble 4 d current gov’t on power. Amen

  3. banm

    November 11, 2011 at 12:18 AM

    Jonathan is another useless President Nigeria is unfortunate to have. Like Paul said, he is soft, feeble minded, and looks and acts like an idiot that cannot put his own damn house in order let alone a country. he has lost complete control of the security and welfare of the people. he is a complete and utter failure.

  4. Chigor

    November 11, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Feul Subsidy issue seems a stalemate but we shouldnt let it be.

    Anyone who objectively and critically looks at the Nigerian Oil Industry in respects to its economic benefits will inevitably ask for feul subsidy removal. Now thats economics and politics; to the state, it is a wise decision. If that person is not honest, s/he will prefer to join the cartel to are reaping fat on the government’s subsidy.

    It might look like the common man is the prime beneficiary of feul subsidy but it is not, the people are just getting a tip benefit.

    Now, there is also the socio-economic view which deals with the common man and which will make every person other than those who has the need to criticise it. As a result, the person who wants to implement fuel subsidy removal will come to great peril at the hands of the people even though the idea is good and the policy neccessary.

    Now if you ask me which is courageous; to leave the subsidy or to remove it, it is the later. A weak-kneed president cannot ask for that nor can he actually implement it. First there is the people who though they will benefit from it but who will kick against for want of making the sacrifices necessary for a golden future. Then there are the others who will kick against it because they are illegitimately benefiting from the present corrupt system. Then there are those who will neither say remove it or leave it, but who their seeming distance from the issue is equivalent to blows on the issue. and finally their is the self-doubt of the person championing the policy who due to unforseen circumstances sometimes wonders himself if the project will truly be successful.

    You see my friends, we havent even got this thing off the ground and we are faced with this enormous opposition. That’s the stalemate.

    But here is what is needed;
    An informed population
    An honest population
    A population willing to make sacrifices
    A supportive population
    A concrete plan broken into tiny manageable bits and followed through.

    It is obvious enough that Mr. President has no hidden personal agenda in the subsidy removal policy and is not bereft of the knowledge of the impact it will have on people.

    I feel that Nigerians honestly agree that this subsidy removal is in the interest of the country, but the primary concern is either that the present government dont have the balls to implement it or that the government have over-paid attention on our resiliency and under-paid attention to our vulnerability, or both.

    In which case, considering all variables, feul subsidy removal should be a long-term goal and not short-term and implementation plan must be ready and scientific enough to show at the onset that it will succeed and how it intends to take care of our vulnerabilities. This is the only document that will facilitate the requirements listed above.

    If the policy is implemented, the heavens wont fall yet it might; we cannot use that boundary condition under the prevailing events that has heated the country, that will be unkind to Nigeria as a State.

  5. Tosin

    November 12, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    I guess jeg realizes dat all fingers ar nt equal.

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