welcome to my space. I have been feeling pretty weird lately. Got a ton of wins in my life and more to come – extremely thankful for that. The situation in my county Nigeria at the moment however leaves no possibilities for complete joy.
In late 1992, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) was a Nigerian Police Force unit created to deal with crimes associated with robbery, motor vehicle theft, kidnapping, cattle rustling, and firearms. Fast-forward to some years ago, they have done nothing but cause havoc to innocent citizens in the county. As with so many injustices, this didn’t not aggravate the youth as much until we started losing people close to us.
On Wednesday 7th October 2020, after loads had shared horrific stories of their SARS experiences on social media, the youth decided to take the streets for peaceful protests. It started in Lagos and as the days went by, every Nigerian around the world organised protests. Click here for the first London #endSARS protest.
Public figures like Twitter founder Jack Dorsey; music stars Kanye West, P Diddy and Drake; Hollywood actor John Boyega; football stars Rio Ferdinand, Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford; and gospel singer Kirk Franklin and Google have supported this protest.
On Tuesday 13th October, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, said in a statement that SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) will fill the gaps left by SARS (who had now been disbanded) whose main role was tackling violent crimes especially armed robbery and kidnapping. His words “Prospective members of this new team will also undergo psychological and medical examination to ascertain their fitness and eligibility for the new assignment”.
Meanwhile, SARS have also been ordered to return to Force Headquarters in Abuja for debriefing, psychological, and medical examination.
The youths aren’t having this and protest hashtags have now included #endswat and #endswatnow.
On 16th October 2020, we remembered the remembered our brothers an sisters we have lost to SARS brutality in a service of songs which took place in Lagos.
How To Support
CHANGE.ORG PETITION LINK: https://www.change.org/p/nigerian-pol…
FLUTTERWAVE – END SARS: https://flutterwave.com/pay/5eaptc7mnx2i
THE FEMINIST COALITION: https://feministcoalition2020.com (NOW SHUTDOWN)
As the above platform above has now being shut down .. kindly make donations of the feminist website (via Bitcoin) — https://feministcoalition2020.com/
Ndubueze Isioma Joy
use hashtags: #endsars #endswat #endpolicebrutality #reformthenigerianpolice
attend #endsars protests when you can.
pray for a Nigeria in distress.
Final words; I really hope we don’t have give up. Another 4 weeks of these protests should bring forth an impactful change I feel.
I call in my fellow youths not to get distracted on the protest grounds. Focus and please be careful.
Let’s catch up on instagram. Thank you so much for dropping by.
“Anyone can give up; it is the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone would expect you to fall apart, now that is true strength.“ – Chris Bradford