Lagos, Nigeria – Nigeria’s national strike entered its fifth day Friday as union officials called for a weekend suspension to allow protesters to go home and stock up on food and water.
Throngs of protesters took to the streets, demanding government accountability and a return of fuel subsidies ended on January 1, a move that doubled gas prices and sent the cost of other goods skyrocketing.
A union official urged demonstrators to take a break Saturday and Sunday, and he said stores will reopen to allow them to get supplies.
The weekend suspension follows reports that protesters are running out of basic necessities, said Folorunso Oginni, chairman of the nation’s oil union, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria.
Despite the suspension, the deadline to shut down oil production Sunday is still in effect unless the government and labor unions reach an agreement, he said.
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