WHAT IS HAPPENING?
A new generation has taken to the streets to demand for social Justice, an end to police brutality and accountability.
The recent uprising in Nigeria spearheaded by the younger generation that has rocked the streets of the West African state, with cries of #EndSars #EndSwat sung at the edge of every lip on the streets and echoed at the end of every tweet, has shown no sign of dying out.
The protest that began shortly after the Independence Day Celebration has gone on into the 14th day of October, in what has been an unusual year plagued by unfortunate events and global economic recession.
These protests escalated after the Federal Government failed upon three times of asking to deliver on its promise to EndSars and reform the Nigerian Police. The Non-callant attitude of the Federal Government in curbing the menace of police brutality sparked the Nationwide protest. According to Wikipedia:
“The protests started as a social media campaign using the hashtag #ENDSARS to demand for Nigeria's government to scrap and end the deployment of Nigeria Police Force Special Anti-Robbery Squad, popularly known as SARS. Within a weekend (9-11 October, 2020), the #ENDSARShashtag had up to 28 million tweets.”
In a generation where the adoption of Social media has changed the way, what and how we consume news. The EndSars campaign has received backing from the international community, Local and international media, Political activists and groups, social Contributors, and Nigerian Youths whose sole aim are better odds of survival and achieving their dreams.
"A blade is only as sharp as how deeply it can cut, and this blade is proving to be very potent."
Campaigns on Social Networks such as Twitter have made it more difficult for the Federal Government to control the narrative, with live videos and updates from the Streets where these protests are going down.
Protesters have documented first-hand, several incidences of Police Brutality and Intimidation. The EndSars campaigned is proving to be the turning point in what we have seen as a failed democracy in the state.
With the increasing rate of unemployment, the crippled educational sector, Injustice, and Corruption tugging at the roots of present-day Nigeria. The EndSars campaigned has delivered what is a massive blow to the parasites keeping the Nation up at night. This seems to be only beginning, with increasing calls for the resignation of the Inspector-General of Police, justice for the lives lost, and prosecution/discharge of the offending officers, protests have only intensified.
This is, therefore, why we fight. We fight for a chance at a better future. A chance to live without fear of harassment, extortion, and even murder by those charged to protect us and our interests.
The EndSars Campaign has gone beyond any man or Police unit. It has even gone beyond the initial cause for outcry: Police Brutality and Injustice of the justice system. What it is now, is the desire for accountable leadership, progressive economic growth, a Justice system that works, prioritization of the educational sector, amongst other things. Nigerians deserve better and are now demanding for it.
A blade is only as sharp as the how deeply it can cut, and this blade is proving to be very potent.
“The EndSars Campaign has gone beyond any man or Police unit. It has even gone beyond the initial cause for outcry: Police Brutality and Injustice of the justice system. What it is now, is the desire for accountable leadership, progressive economic growth, a Justice system that works, prioritization of the educational sector, amongst other things. Nigerians deserve better and are now demanding for it.”— Alesinloye Ibukun
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