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Nigerians protest at economy, absent president

Monday, February 06, 2017 - 01:12

In a rare show of public dissent against the government, demonstrators take to the streets of Lagos to voice their anger at a sputtering economy and political tensions blamed on an absentee president. Laura Frykberg reports.

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An ailing economy plus an absent ailing leader. Equals anger on the streets of Nigerian city of Lagos. These protesters say they've had enough of President Muhammadu Buhari. In the UK since last month - getting treatment for an unknown illness. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, 'ENOUGH IS ENOUGH', YEMISI ADAMOLEKAN, SAYING: ''Nigerians are concerned and Nigerians are having a difficult time under this administration." (SOUNDBITE) (English) NIGERIAN ACTOR, BRUTUS RICHARD, SAYING: ''We can't just keep quiet and keep adjusting to all the government policies when they are not beneficial to the public.'' Buhari campaigned to fight corruption, Boko Haram's insurgency and end Nigeria's reliance on oil. But his critics say he's failed to do all that. Crude export prices have halved since 2014. And the country is suffering high inflation and its first recession in 25 years. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER, CCLA INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT, JAMES BEVAN, SAYING: "Without a real force to lead the economy, and to deal with the political challenges, I do fear that Nigeria will continue to flounder." There's no word yet on Buhari's health or when he might return to Nigeria. But these protesters say until he does - they won't stay silent on these issues any longer.

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Nigerians protest at economy, absent president

Monday, February 06, 2017 - 01:12