15 January 2012
By Emma Amaize
While the NUC/TLC and civil society anti-fuel subsidy removal protest, led by the state coordinator, Casely Omon-Irabor Esq. and Zonal Secretary, Maritime Workers Union, Comrade Augustine was on, another group, Good People of Nigeria, led by Prince Sani Usman, stormed the streets with a pro-subsidy removal rally to counter their efforts.
With Prince Usman’s camp were his vice president, Mrs. Josephine Negerese, and a one-time Delta State House of Assembly aspirant on the platform of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, Comrade Michael Tidi.
Besides the anti-fuel subsidy removal and pro-fuel subsidy removal campaigners, hoodlums also formed a third division to carry out their own demonstration, which is neither for nor against both sides, but solely for their pockets.
The activities of the hoodlums almost marred the NLC/TUC and civil society organised protest, as many frowned at the harassment innocent citizens were subjected to by hoodlums.
While at that, youths from across the Niger-Delta region had by Friday concluded arrangements to stage a mammoth pro-subsidy removal rally in Warri. This was even as another group of Niger-Delta youths, led by Chief Michael Johnny carried out an anti-fuel subsidy removal rally in Warri, Tuesday, threatening to shut down oil installations in the region if President Goodluck Jonathan did not revert to the old price of N65 per liter of fuel.