There was no demonstration here yesterday. According to my sources, the grassroots NGOs involved were dismayed with how the previous day’s march turned out. They spent yesterday creating strategies for, as they termed it, “taking back the mobilization from the labor union big men.” Those human rights groups felt like further coordination with the NLC could further professionalize (my term from the previous post) the movement, making negotiations too covert and too undemocratic. There were rumors swirling around via text message that labor leaders had taken bribes from the governor’s office at the Tuesday march, and that consequently the national strike would be called off next week (yet to be determined true or false). The other messages disseminated on facebook included that the subsidy would soon be reinstated to 65 naira per liter (false) and that a protesting youth in Port Harcourt had been shot by police earlier in the morning (false). After spending the day rethinking the mobilization tactics, NGO activists set a demonstration time for 9 am this morning.
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I am currently a Research Fellow at the University of Rwanda's Center of Excellence in Biodiversity (CoEB). I focus on the gender dynamics of environmental conflict in Africa. My interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Law and Society at New York University examined gender in Nigeria's oil conflict. View all posts by deltalaine