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October 20, 2020 Leave a comment

What a total and absolute shame.
October 20th 2020 has to be one of the darkest days in the history of democracy in Nigeria; in the history of Nigeria, period.

At a time when Nigerians in and outside the country are fighting and kicking against bad governance, oppression and police reform, the Nigerian government resorts, once again, to systematic oppression; acting like #EndSARS is a plague.

I still can’t wrap my head around why some officers of the Nigeria Police are acting like the #EndSARS protesters are the enemy. These protesters aren’t anti-police; they are simply fighting for an improvement in the way the job of the police is carried out, as well as better compensation and benefits for the work they do! The entire movement transcended a demand for the government to shutdown the SARS unit; it’s a demand for an end to police brutality, an end to police corruption, an end to police impunity, an end to police misconduct; in fact, it’s about a complete overhaul of the current Nigerian Police System.

I think it was highly insensitive to, amid the outcry of the Nigerian youth, dissolve SARS one day, and the next day, rebrand it as a SWAT unit. The priority isn’t an elite anti-robbery unit. Nigerians are clamoring for better trained, more efficient police officers; a complete police reform, not better packaging!

But no, instead of taking the proper corrective measures, cowardly elements in the government and in power tried hiring thugs to disrupt the protests. That didn’t work. They tried hiring thugs to hijack the protests. That didn’t work. They hired thugs to cause mayhem at different locations [unrelated to any of the protest sites]. Finally, they had an excuse to abruptly and forcefully end the protests, a curfew.

Rather than storm the locations of the mayhem, the Nigerian government declares war on its youths at the Lekki toll gate. Soldiers of the Nigerian Army, sworn to protect Nigeria and Nigerians, fire lethal rounds at unarmed peaceful Nigerian protesters as they waved their Nigerian flags and sat in the street singing the Nigerian National Anthem.

This government has failed at all levels in its most fundamental duty – to protect the lives and properties of its citizen.

If the Nigerian President [and his cronies] had any dignity and self-respect left, he’ll step down. I think, one more time, he has proven, beyond reasonable doubt, that he cannot lead with wisdom and integrity.

It is my prayer that from the ashes of tonight, a new Nigeria will rise. There has been way too much innocent bloodshed, and their deaths must not be in vain.

May the souls of our murdered brothers and sisters rest in peace. Thank you for your sacrifice.