Everyone is angry. We knew that fuel prices would go up eventually, but we didn’t think it would happen until the spring. Only last week, however, the government said they were still consulting oil producers. So we were all taken by surprise. If people had known this was coming, they might have stocked up on fuel and food. But they didn’t get the chance.
In the past couple of days, the cost of riding the bus has gone up 150 percent. Fuel has about doubled. So I no longer know whether to drive my car or take the bus. Some people can’t afford either. A lot of people haven’t been able to go to work.
It’s not just transportation. When fuel prices go up, food prices go up too. Everything is now about twice as expensive as it was last week.
“People are hungry. They’re still peaceful now, but at some point they will crack”
However, the protests in Lagos and around the country aren’t just about fuel prices. This was just the last drop. There are so many things making people angry in Nigeria. Our lawmakers are overpaid, and there’s too much waste. This is the opportunity to say no to this culture of corruption in government.
I expect many more protests in the coming days and weeks. If these protests are well-co-ordinated and sustained, I believe the authorities will have no choice but to yield, because the way they’ve acted, they’re practically calling for anarchy. People are hungry in this country. They’re peaceful now, but at some point they will crack and become violent.”