Nigerian strike called off

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The Independent Online
Labour unions in Nigeria called off their nationwide strike after the new military dictatorship, apparently trying to win public support, agreed yesterday to slash fuel prices, AP reports from Lagos. But the price reduction and the end of the strike are unlikely to ease public dismay over the political crisis in Africa's most populous country.

The prices of petrol, paraffin and diesel fuel had been raised by as much as 1,000 per cent two weeks ago by the civilian government of Ernest Shonekan, who was ousted in a military coup on Wednesday.