Saturday, January 14, 2012

Protest Suspended in Abuja as rumours of jihad spread

Protest Suspended in Abuja as rumours of jihad spread: The ongoing anti-fuel subsidy withdrawal protest was suspended in Abuja on Friday to enable the Muslim faithful to observe the juma’at prayers and others to refresh for a continuation of the rallies on Monday.

Thousands of protesters had gathered at the regular take-off point at Berger Junction, but labour leadership decided to suspend the rally so that they could go for the Friday prayers.

Residents of Abuja had been actively taking part in the nationwide protests since Monday to force the Federal Government to revert the pump price of fuel to N65.

The labour leaders, including the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress Presidents, Abdulwaheed Omar and Peter Esele, praised the participants for their dogged determination and charged them to sustain the tempo of the struggle next week. But there were suspicions that the rally was suspended following speculations about a planned jihad on non-Muslims in the Federal Capital Territory, which had caused panic and fear among residents.

Text messages and BlackBerry pings have been circulating since Thursday about a planned attack by Muslim jihadists on Christians, warning non-Muslim residents to be security-conscious and to avoid crowded places and areas populated by Hausa Muslims in the FCT.

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