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Saturday, January 14, 2012

OCCUPY NIGERIA - DAY 5 (PART 1)



Government and NLC meeting on Thursday Day 4 were deadlocked and reconvened for 10.00am on Saturday 14th January. Consequently, on Friday 13th we resumed at Falomo again. We had planned to return to State House Marina for a response from the Governor - on day 2,  we had presented our grievances to him  and asked him to deliver our message to the President. However, the Governor was still in Abuja, so we decided to call on the Deputy Governor for our response.
We marched to the Deputy Governor's residence, and she explained that since the Governor wasn't back, she didn't have a response for us; but she reassured us that a speedy resolution was being sought. She wasn't let off easily, as the youth in our midst asked her about the recent hike in school fees at LASU. Her response unsatisfactory as she asked us not to join issues, but that the fuel issue be resolved first.
We thanked her for attending to us and returned to base - Falomo.
Pastor Tony occupying the Deputy Gov's
residence after asking me why weeds have
occupied his lawn


Waiting for the Deputy Governor

Listening to the Dep. Gov.

Marching back to base


Zaccheus on the sycamore tree?
Back at Falomo, it was a round of speeches, speeches and more speeches.
Yesterday, when I got home, my husband asked me how it went. I told him all that happened at NTA et al and that when we returned to Falomo, that Femi Falana came from Ojota to address us. When he asked me what Femi Falana said, I gave him a blank stare and replied 'he spoke'! He gave me one of those looks and I immediately felt stupid. But for the life of me, whether due to tiredness or hunger, or maybe a 'senior moment', I just couldn't remember what Femi Falana had said. In fact, I didn't remember until today.
Anyway, because of that I had made up my mind, that I would make sure that I remembered one salient point from every speech. Something to go home with. I used to memo pad on my blackberry to take notes - just in case you're wondering how I could have managed a camera, a note pad and pencil.

After the organisers, Kola and Sleeves up gave us the line up of events, the speeches started.
Arriving at Falomo

Mrs Adetula speaking on behalf pensioners,
and explains how many pensioners are suffering
without a voice

Sisters United!
"A WASTEFUL GOVERNMENT CANNOT
MAKE PRUDENT INVESTMENT" FELA DUROTOYE

Pastor Tony looks on as Kola asks if
ou morale is high







MTN Staff watching the occupation from
their balconey

"A WASTEFUL GOVERNMENT CANNOT
MAKE PRUDENT INVESTMENT" FELA DUROTOYE
"NO PHARAOH WILL LET A NATION
GO WITHOUT A FIGHT" TONY RAPU
MRS ITSUELI DEMANDING ACCOUNTABILITY
"IT'S ALL ABOUT SOCIAL INJUSTICE.
ARE YOU WILLING TO GIVE UP YOUR PRIVILEGES
"IT ISN'T ABOUT THE FUEL SUBSIDY.
ASO ROCK FEEDING ALLOWANCE N3bn.
GOVT HAS FAILED ON PAST PROMISES.
ONE MAN WAN GO PISS, 20 MOTO GO
FOLLOW AM" DEDE MABIAKU

"IT ISNT ABOUT FUEL SUBSIDY ANYMORE,
IT'S ABOUT CORRUPTION. THEY'RE THIEVES.
SAGAMU BENIN EXPRESSWAY HAS BEEN
FIXED IN EVERY BUDGET" KATE HENSHAW
"I WILL OCCUPY UNTIL MY CHANGE COMES.
THE BUDGET IS FRAUDULENT. THEY HAVE MADE
PROVISION FOR GENERATORS FOR ASO ROCK
IN THE BUDGET WHICH MEANS THAT THERE'S
NO INTENTION OF DOING ANYTHING ABOUT POWER!
IF YOU'RE NOT SATISFIED, CALL FOR EARLY ELECTIONS.
"WE SHALL OVERCOME TODAY!
JONATHAN SHOULD DO TO HIS CABINET
WHAT SANUSI DID TO THE BANKERS"
DR KOYINSOLA AJAYI (SAN)




UNCLE SUNMI SMART COLE SPOKE, I DARE NOT TAKE HIS PHOTOGRAPH. WE SAND THE FIRST VERSE OF THE OLD NATIONAL ANTHEM. IT MADE ME REMEMBER MY PRIMARY SCHOOL DAYS. THE MOST TOUCHING THING HE SAID WAS THAT MAY WE NEVER WITNESS A REVOLUTION IN NIGERIA. I SAY AMEN TO THAT. 

IN ALL THIS, THE MUSLIMS AMONG US WENT TO THE ZENON FILLING STATION FOR THEIR JUMAT PRAYER.

WE WERE SILENT WHILE THEY PRAYED.

WE OBSERVED ONE MINUTE SILENCE FOR THE TWO DEATHS IN THE STRUGGLE. MAY THEIR SOULS REST IN PEACE.

THE ORIGINAL TEN WHO STARTED THE MARCH WERE RECOGNISED. I JOINED ON TUESDAY.

PAT UTOMI ADDRESSED US.

THE CHILDREN JOINED THE CONVENERS ON STAGE FOR THE RENDITION OF THE NATIONAL ANTHEM.

MORE PHOTOS TOMORROW.

TODAY, I WAS PROUD TO BE A NIGERIAN. REALLY PROUD. I GET A LOT OF THINGS WRONG, AND SOMETIMES I JUST DON'T GET IT, BUT TODAY, I WAS DEFINITELY AT THE RIGHT PLACE, AT THE RIGHT TIME, IN THE RIGHT MOMENT.

GOD BLESS NIGERIA. VICTORIA ASCERTA!!!!




THE SURPRISE OF THE DAY!
ELOQUENCE. 

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