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article imageNigerians fill streets to stock ahead of another round of strikes Special

By Samuel Okocha     Jan 15, 2012 in World
Nigerians used the two-day suspension of a strike over fuel subsidy removal to flood the markets and stock up ahead of the likely resumption of nationwide protests and strikes that had left economic activities paralyzed.
The Nigeria Labor Congress Friday announced a weekend suspension of protests over government withdrawal of petrol subsidies that resulted in a over 100% increase in the pump price of petrol, affecting price of food and transport.
If a compromise is not reached, head of the union Abdulwahed Omar said "we are going to come out on Monday very strong," adding "its going to be the mother of all crowds."
Following the suspension that capped five days of rallies and protests, Nigerians besieged food markets.
A food market on the outskirts of Lagos on Saturday  Jan. 14.
A food market on the outskirts of Lagos on Saturday, Jan. 14.
The popular computer village was not spared. Customers took advantage of the two days window to meet their gadget needs while operators of big shops and small businesses all hustled to stock up on cash.
Nigerians coming out of a  phone and gadgets shop at the Computer Village in Lagos.
Nigerians coming out of a phone and gadgets shop at the Computer Village in Lagos.
A small phone service retailer s stand at the Computer Village in Lagos
A small phone service retailer's stand at the Computer Village in Lagos
On Saturday, the meeting between labor unions and the government ended without a resolution, meaning the strike and nationwide protests resume Monday.
However, the oil workers union would not shut down as earlier threatened, as they give peace a chance and allow room for further negotiations..
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