NIGERIA'S TRAVAIL AND THE MORNING AFTER!
If you are in Nigeria or any surface of the earth, You would probably have heard of the slogan by now. Yes, the same one that has been on our lips for a long time now and became more popular in October 2020, the #ENDSARS slogan.
The ENDSARS movement is created to stand against police brutality in Nigeria, particularly calling for an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a controversial unit of the Nigeria Police with a long record of abuses.
In the past two weeks, Nigerians have relentlessly made their voices heard in form of protest both online and offline. We have protested against this endless brutality and inhumane treatment.
A peaceful protest sprung up. Nigerians unanimously came together for a good course and hit the street to demand their rights. People came out en masse all over the country, marching for justice.
|Gallant Nigerian youths|
The youths rolled out demands.
The demands were simple and known as the 5for5 Demands which includes the following:
- Immediate release of all arrested protesters.
- Justice for all deceased victims of police brutality and appropriate compensation for their families.
- Setting up an independent body to oversee the investigation and prosecution of all reports of police misconduct (within 10days).
- In line with the new police Act, psychological evaluation, retraining (to be confirmed by an independent body) of all disbanded SARS officers before they can be redeployed.
- Increase Police salary so that they are adequately compensated for protecting the lives and property of citizens.
|The #5for5 Demands|
Now, nothing can be more heartbreaking than being killed and oppressed by the same institution that should protect them and, when you speak up against this injustice you are further killed and oppressed. Not to talk of properties and people's businesses and sources of income that have gone down the drain.
These turn of events have been very sad and depressing, to say the least, and I am particularly broken. My family has had her unjust share of police brutality and injustice and all these recent happenings only bring back unpleasant memories that were once lost and forgotten. I can only imagine what the families of the deceased are going through and how they feel at the moment.
How we are going to pull through all these, I do not know but I am confident we will. Until then, I encourage you all to stay positive. This is very hard I know, even harder for those of us who may be going through one form of mental or emotional breakdown or the other.
Please do not lose hope.
We have hope in the fact that we rose up and unanimously spoke with one voice for CHANGE
Hope in fighting for a future.
Hope in a NEW NIGERIA.
Hope for a UNITED NIGERIA.
Sending every SemeTribe a warm hug and praying that God wraps His warmth around you in and where ever you need Him.