Nigeria, a land filled with milk and honey, listed among the poorest countries in the world. Bad Leadership, Bad Governance, and The Deadliest Virus “CORRUPTION” accounted for the menace.
The rot has eaten deep even to the judicial system and the government has little or no regard for Rule of law and fundamental human rights. Where is the hope of a common man? The people that are supposed to protect lives, maintain peace and harmony are now the instruments of evil. A situation where men of The Nigeria Police Force have decided to use the office to rob Peter and pay Paul.
The notorious one is SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad) which they say, has metamorphosed into SWAT (Special Weapon Tactics) The group – SARS – that was created by Nigeria Police to swiftly attend to crimes associated with robbery cases, kidnapping, and firearms but work contrary to its purposes. Several cases of SARS/Police brutality like (extortion, harassment, abuse of firearms, murder, the list is endless…) have been reported to the authority with no meaningful outcome.
Many of them went away with the act with concrete action or public sanction.
Recently, a video went viral showing men of SARS dragging some young Nigerians and shooting the presumed victims in cold blood without proper trial. Which is their usual way of executing people YOUNG OR OLD.
It is with this barbaric act perpetrated by the Police and the perpetual silence of the government that made some concerned youths, celebrities, and well-meaning Nigerians and groups took to social media to ‘Soro Soke’ (conduct peaceful protest) for achieving a just and better Nigeria.
On the 9th of October 2020, the road path to a new Nigeria started.
The Government as usual failed to act swiftly to the pleads of the masses forgetting that “A Nation is not built by Government, but built by the ‘’people”, Government is just a system put in place to enforce it.
However, on the 20th of October, 2020 an unfortunate incident happened – The Lekki Toll Gate Massacre. Security operatives (assumed to be Nigerian Military deployed by the Nigerian government launched an attack on young people who have been peacefully protesting police brutality over the last 12 days that led to many dead and several injuries.
The event changed the narratives, the face of Lagos State and Nigeria as a whole, putting the country in shock, confusion. The reprisal effect led to the rampage on some parts of the State and the country where hoodlums destroyed properties and many more lives lost. Arising from the struggle, Nigeria lost Jimoh Isiaq, Ayomide Taiwo, Sleek Sunday, Chika Ibeku, Stephen Agbanyim, Oke, and others. In the same manner, businesses have been affected too as it has halted the free flow of movement thereby causing an economic downturn.
Who ordered the shooting? What is the hope of the youth? What is the New song in Nigeria? How many of the demands of the youth have been met? Any hope for the Future?
Who should we blame for our ordeals? The president? IGP? Chief of Defense Staff? NASS? The state Governor? Or ourselves, youths?
Remember whatever role you choose to play either the victim or the villain, the hunter or the hunted, catalyst of change or agent of destruction, good or bad, I want you to know that posterity will not forget.
Freedom is earn through generations.
Arise, o Compatriot!
Nigeria’s call obey!
To serve our Fatherland
With love and strength and faith.