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Nigeria fuel strike go on; street protests halted

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- A union leader says a crippling nationwide strike over high fuel prices in Nigeria will continue, though organizers will order workers to stay off the streets over security concerns.

Nigeria Labor Congress President Abdulwaheed Omar told journalists early Monday morning the decision to halt street protests comes after President Goodluck Jonathan told activists unspecified groups want to hijack the protests and make them turn violent.

Omar gave no other details about Jonathan's claims, which came during a late Sunday night meeting held at the presidential palace in Nigeria's capital Abuja. The presidency said state-run television would air a speech by Jonathan at 7 a.m. (0600 GMT) Monday.

The strike began Jan. 9 over spiraling gasoline prices following the removal of an estimated $8 billion in fuel subsidies in Africa's most populous nation.

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