The beginning of Nigeria’s actual independence- Youth Rising 2020. Scrap the charade of 1960!
Let me tell you a little story about a vast land called Nigeria… A land where young people are constantly profiled, harassed, intimidated, extorted, threatened, brutalized and killed by the same people with the responsibility to protect them!
A young person would fidget and shiver at the sighting of a police officer, whether uniformed or not, and it wouldn’t even matter that this young person is neither a criminals nor a law breaker. The fact that you are young is enough ‘crime’. Lord help you you are unfortunate enough to own a laptop or a phone they consider sophisticated, then you are automatically a felon!
This habitual brutality is epecially the stock-in-trade of a “specialised” unit of the police with the fanciful title of “Special Anti-Robbery Squad” (SARS). The squad, which was initially purposeful sadly lost focus along the way and metamorphosed into a brutal but group of legalized armed oppressors of the average Nigerian; it suddenly doesn’t matter if you are an honest, hardworking, decent or respectable young Nigeria, once SARS sees you, all they see is a potential prey- barbeque in waiting! They pounce on you and strip you of every form of dignity. Lord help you that you do not have resources to “settle” them off, then they would not be afraid to ‘waste’ their rifle on you or simply lock you up in sometimes perpetual detention, with no one knowing your whereabout in some cases…
Fast forward to October 2020, after a video of another familiar brutality of SARS men went viral online, the Nigerian youth said ENOUGH! All the anger arising from injustices of yesteryears was converted to a formidable energy! Such organic energy with a combination of superb organizing, solidarity, and an unbreakable spirit of UNITY.
I can’t wait to tell you the end of this story but I promise you, it will be a happy ending. We will WIN against decades of systemic injustice and brutality. WE will let the RULERS know that WE MATTER, and above all, we will deliver to our children a better nation that the one in which we found ourselves… SO HELP US GOD.
May the souls of all our innocent young people brutally snatched away by the same forces before and in the course of these harmless resistance protests continue to rest in power.✊