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The #Endsars Movement: Are we headed in the right direction?

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The Endsars movement: one would ask why is the endsars protest still trending? Did the government not agree to meet the demand of the endsars protesters in 2020?

Wikipedia described the #endsars movement as a decentralised social movement, and series of mass protests against police brutality in Nigeria.

The slogan calls for the disbanding of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a notorious unit of the Nigerian Police with a long record of abuses.

The protests which takes its name from the slogan started in 2017 as a Twitter campaign using the hashtag #EndSARS to demand the disbanding of the unit by the Nigerian government.

After experiencing a revitalisation in October 2020 following more revelations of the abuses of the unit, mass demonstrations occurred throughout the major cities of Nigeria, accompanied by vociferous outrage on social media platforms.

About 28 million tweets and more bearing the hashtag have been accumulated on Twitter alone.

 Solidarity protests and demonstrations by Nigerians in diaspora and sympathizers occurred in many major cities of the world.

The Endsars protests is notable for its patronage by a demography made of entirely young Nigerians.

The movement has since expanded to include demands for good and accountable governance.

October 20th 2020 is a day that can never be forgotten in the history of Lagos State, Nigeria as a country and the world at large.

Many lost their lives, loved ones never returned home, some became disable due to beatings and manhandling. The Nation’s flag was soaked in blood of its citizens.

A panel of inquiry was established to look into the situation in almost every state of the country with allegations against the SARS unit. However, all these states are yet to come up with actionable reports.

Owing to the fact that these events happened in Lekki, the Lagos States Panel continued to hold proceedings.

After four months of unproductive inquiry, the Lagos State Panel of Inquiry came out with a proposition to reopen the Lekki Toll gate which till today remains a crime scene as stated by an twitter user.

This sparked controversy among Nigerians which correlated to an #occupylekkitollgate protest scheduled to hold on 13th February.

The news of the scheduled protest angered the government, which stated that anyone who came for such a protest would be dealt with.

A question we ask ourselves all the time is, “When did protesting become a crime in Nigeria?”

Are these people condemning endsars protests not products of the 2012 protests which they spare headed?

As you know, Nigerians can never be intimidated. On February 13th, people came out for the scheduled #occupylekkitollgate but were met with heavy security presence at the Lekki toll gate.

A reporter asked an officer, “Why are you arresting people?” But the officer could not give any reason for arresting patriotic citizens of Nigeria.

Among those arrested is the popular comedian Mr Macaroni, whose phone was collected from him while on a live stream on his Instagram handle.

As at the time of documentation no less than thirty people has been arrested and taken to undisclosed locations.

Nigerians continue to ask for the basic amenities of life. They live in unbearable conditions but continue striving to be law abiding.

Is it too much to #Endsars?

Many people have aired their view and articles have been written on how the government can end the #endsars protest. One of such articles can be found here (on click)

Nigeria, my country!

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