Soldiers Flood Lagos Streets As Jonathan Orders The Army To Forestall #OccupyNigeria Protests

By SaharaReporters, New York

President Goodluck Jonathan  has deployed hundreds of gun-wielding soldiers on the streets of Lagos in a desperate bid to forestall peaceful protests scheduled to continue today.

Through reports filed by citizen reporters affiliated with Saharareporters it was gathered that the armed soldiers have taken positions in such spots as Ikeja, Ikoyi, Surulere and Ojota as well as other spots where thousand of Nigerians have poured out in protest the government sharp increase in price of petrol. About 16 check points and barricades have been been mounted around the Gani Fawehinmi Park in Ojota according to reports.
 
The deployment of soldiers comes on the heels of Mr. Jonathan's planned broadcast Monday morning in which he will announce the reduction of fuel prices to N97 a liter.

 In the address, the text of which has already been published in full by Saharareporters, President Jonathan takes an unusually harsh tone towards the protesters.

In an interview moments ago, one of the leaders of the protest movement said that the protests have been held in peaceful atmosphere, but added that President Jonathan appears ready to use force against peace-loving Nigerians. They vowed to make an appearance at the venue today regardless of the presence of the soldiers. Seun Kuti, the son of Afrobeat maestro Fela Anikulapo-Kuti sent an sms to Saharareporters that he will be at the rally today.

A protest leader told SaharaReporters, "We want to make clear that President Jonathan would be held responsible for any casualty that results from his decision to unleash soldiers on unarmed and peaceful protesters who are merely demanding accountability and transparency from their leaders". He further noted that officers of the Nigerian police have so far killed about 20 protesters in different parts of the country, he vowed that Nigerians would never let the victims of police brutality die in vain" 

Another protest leader expressed dismay and disappointment with the decision of trade union leaders to unilaterally call off street protests on account some purported security concerns.

 He added that some of the in the movement had received speculations all week that the government was offering a variety of financial and other material inducement to labour leaders in order to compromise them.

He stated that, "it would be extremely hard for any compromised labour leader to hoodwink Nigerians who are now determined to seize the opportunity to question the greed as well as ineptitude other so-called leaders"

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DEMOCRACY?

Please let's tell Mr President that this is democracy and not Military era where everything goes. He will be held accountable for all the losses and casualties. He has betrayed people's trust and he will be kicked out of that seat soon, INSHA ALLAH. I dont think he still has his senses with him. I foresee a Ghadaffi-like end. He will end in perdition and damnation.

Say What?

Even though I support the subsidy removal knowing what I know in the downstrem sector, I vehemently disagree with the strong harm tactics of the president. Channels TV reports this morning of miltary check points all over Lagos. Why the military Mr. President? Is Nigeria turning to Syria? Is the internet next? What about the BB network? We voted for you Mr. President. It shows that the President is democratically clueless. Who wrote his speech? Abacha's speech writer? Mr. President, we voted for you. And just to remind you Mr. President, we will remember you, your ministers and your party come 2015.

Mad man

This Badluck has gone completely mad. It's the same soldiers you're deploying that will seize power from you and kill you. Bastard!

Even though i feel we should

Even though i feel we should give govt a try on this price, i dont think the use of force in lagos is necessary. Things will fizzle out on its own.

THANK GOD THIS CANNIVAL IS OVER

I keep on wondering how long will government standby and watch people occupy lagos streets and hoodlums extort money from innocent people.When fashola imposed toll gates, he crushed the protests within 24hours with lives lost and yet we did not get the kind of media coverage going on now. It is time for us to have our lives back. Lets go back to work now that we have had eough entertainments at the cannival.

die for nigeria

Do a mental calculation of
how many soldiers and nigerians
Then be brave and submit ur
Selves to the amount of sol
Diers available the will shoot
Down the pple in front, then
We will overpower them and
take over. It happened like
This in romania.

Occupy Nigeria..Let's go out today

This idiotic president failed to curtail the activities of Boko Haram. However, he is so eager to send out soldiers to harass innocent protesters.

My fellow Nigerians,

Don't let's relent in our efforts to get rid of corruption in Nigeria.

Revolution!!

Unreasonable

Goodluck Ebele Jonathan really amuse me by ordering such an act, it shows that he is totally moron for the post he is holding. Whereas he got his votes from the masses and ready now to suffer them. Well no Nigerian President has ever work to get to the post, they are all COICIDENT PRESIDENTS.

nawa o! is dis the profit of our vote for jonathan

at this point in time i think Jonathan is nau confused of what to do o! u can imagine what he is doin nau! he is a cabal why cant he use the EFCC to curb the habits of the cabals........ why does the ommon nigerians have to be the one to suffer for the greed of the petroleum cabals.... God punish u o!

Omar The Dog!

Omar, are you still with the people? Or have you collected your bribe?

Jonathan and league of thieves

I wonder why human beings have such short memory. How could Jonathan and his league of thieves forget so soon what happened in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. Deploying the military would only lead to a disgraceful end for him and his cohorts. This may just be another phase of the "African spring."

Unreasonable

Goodluck Ebele Jonathan really amuse me by ordering such an act, it shows that he is totally moron for the post he is holding. Whereas he got his votes from the masses and ready now to suffer them. Well no Nigerian President has ever work to get to the post, they are all COICIDENT PRESIDENTS.

Mr Jonathan, why do you show

Mr Jonathan, why do you show your foolishness to the public because Nigerians demand for you to reverse to N65 per Litre. Since you have no ears, Labour must listen to the voice of the people. On N65 we all stand

OkONJO EWALA AND SUNUSI LAMIDO TO RESIGN

Okonja-Ewale and Sunusi Lamido to resign their appointments. They are bad drivers of our economy.

IGNORANT MONKEYS

Must you ignorant idiots continue to heat up the polity and threaten the unity of this country?

What exactly has the President of this country Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan done wrong to you guys?

Hasn't he now listened to the pleas of the Nigerian masses and reverted the PMS price?

Won't you idiots and enemies of this country just give this man the benefit of the doubt and kindly allow him just carry out the very mandate that the peace-loving & well meaning citizens of this great country has given him?

Okay; come out and protest,if you get injured or killed you'll have yourself to blame or give account of your own blood before God. Ewu-protester!!!

This man called Jonathan is completely mad

This Jona regime is military dictatorship in another guise. This is a man that was "saved" by the Save Nigeria Group (SNG), other civil society organizations and Nigerians in general now turning around to unleash the murderous police, SSS and army against them. Well, those who said they "voted" for jonathan and not the PDP must be very happy now. Now, Dumbo's military dictatorship is in full force. The protests must go on. To hell with the compromised NLC men and their political masters in the PDP! The strike is a people-based mass movement that is beyond the control of any pro-regime characters like the ones in the NLC. So, no amount of intimidation by the sleazy Jonathan and his thugs in military or police uniform will stop Nigerians from demonstrating against the mad and evil Jona.

UP JONA

Good work. When people mount the stage and use subersive language against the office of the president, use treasonable inciting languages is wrong. All the idiots that lost elections. How can so called man of God say his president would go the way of Abacha and Yaradua. Mr President has spoken, last week he let you guys speak this week is his turn. Long live President Jonathanm Long live the Federal republic of Nigeria.

Soldiers of which region

History is being repeated with the infusion of organized military might against defenceless non violent organized protest groups with perhaps pockets of those who would b violent. The story has taken a dramatic turn 2day & 2morrow is now d decider in the course of nigerias history.

We need to pray for the peace

We need to pray for the peace of our Nation; and our leaders for God to guide them

Jona must Go!

The new theme should be, Jonathan must go we no go gree. Fellow Nigerians the protest must continue, the government has only called the army that would take over from it, and should the army do so, then it better be one that would forestall decorum back to the system.

Wrong Leader wrong decision

GEJ, with this your decision, you have just prove to Nigerians that we've made a big mistake by making you our leader and that you do not have a tip of what it takes to be a leader. You are a disgrace to Nigerians and christiandom.

soldiers Haba

By deployin more soldiers to forestall d protests of 2day, GEJ jSt wants to kill more Nigerians.nigerians shudnt give in, 65perLitre or nothing!Even if he has succeeded in bribin our Labor leaders,we will still hit d streets!
GEJ cudnt deploy soldiers for BokoHaram bt he deployd for us mere citizens,dis man s so incompetent. Common Police officers killd about 20ppl,only GOD knows how many d Soldiers will kill.GOD help us all!

soldiers????????????

Why are you inviting the soldiers? Next the generals would be broadcasting.............I brigider (sani abacha), on behalf of the Federal Republic of Nigeria........(heavy hausa accent)

It pays those who listen not.

It pays those who listen not. Bad luck befalls Nigeria and only God will save us.

soldiers Haba

By deployin more soldiers to forestall d protests of 2day, GEJ jSt wants to kill more Nigerians.nigerians shudnt give in, 65perLitre or nothing!Even if he has succeeded in bribin our Labor leaders,we will still hit d streets!
GEJ cudnt deploy soldiers for BokoHaram bt he deployd for us mere citizens,dis man s so incompetent. Common Police officers killd about 20ppl,only GOD knows how many d Soldiers will kill.GOD help us all!

na wa for good luck oooo

I thought this was a democracy government,why is this man so mean and wicked,what wrong did we do by voting you?yesterday some boko haram sponsors were arrested and you have not said any thing about that.why don't you go after the real thieves and let the poor masses have their peace.now you want to kill more people.God shall judge you....

Hail the dumb President!!!!

His actions portray that of a dumb, arrogant and ignorant Pharoah

remains 1minute

remains a minute 4 u 2 loose power. Hv u eva bin defined d power? U ar matchin on d drought grasses. Power is lyk grain of sand, d more u grab it d more u loose it. U soon loose ds power. Powa Drunkard.

Jona

If u want to know what is happening in this country, please read d simple 4 chapters of d book of Jonah. It's God that is spking to Nigerians now.

Na wa oooooooooooooo

Are we in a MILITARY regime 4 God sake???? I think it is high time for d gud pple of this country to rise up and fight for their right complete.