16 Jan '12, 6am

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan announces 30% cut in petrol price in bid to end nationwide strike

LAGOS (AFP) - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan announced on Monday a cut in petrol prices in a bid to end a nationwide strike now in its second week, as soldiers seized the main protest site in Lagos. Mr Jonathan made the announcement in a televised national address after a week that saw him remain largely silent in public as the strike and mass protests shut down Africa's most populous nation and largest oil producer. The president's announcement that prices would be slashed by around 30 per cent came after last-minute talks had failed to resolve the dispute. He charged that the protests had been 'hijacked' by those seeking to promote 'discord, anarchy and insecurity'. Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. blog comments powered by Disqus

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