Social media widens scope of Nigerian strike

2012-01-14 14:00
Lagos - As a nationwide strike and demonstrations unleash years of pent-up frustrations in Nigeria over its leaders, the rage burns even hotter across social media.

Twitter users shared pictures of dead protesters while others broke down the oil-rich nation's 2012 budget figures, comparing funds allocated to the president and vice president's offices with the cost of living of the average Nigerian.

 Hackers have targeted government websites, while others criticise local news coverage of demonstrations in a nation where journalists often accept bribes from those they cover.

Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets across Africa's most populous nation to protest the government's removal on January 01 of a subsidy that had kept gasoline prices low for more than two decades.

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