“#ENDSARS: No. Never shall we agree to your demands” they said to themselves

“#ENDSARS: No. Never shall we agree to your demands” they said to themselves

francis

October 22, 2020

The #Endsars protest of the past few days that cumulated in the death of over 56 Nigerians at various areas in Lagos State and the entire country has really been shocking. You can see and feel the mournful nature of the entire country. Nigerians have been protesting for an end in SARS, the special Anti-Robbery Squad, a unit of the police known for their notoriety and criminal activities. I have not had physical brushes or experience with SARS, but I have had friends and have heard about the various harassments, extortion, kidnapping and killings the unit has been known for and have dreaded and prayed not to have an encounter with them.

The protest for the end to SARS has been on for a few days. The Government responded to it by disbanding the unit and also creating another named SWAT. But the people were very much still unsatisfied with the actions, questioning the sincerity of the government. The people, we the youths further extended the campaign to a demand for the end of bad governance and corruption in Nigeria. The government were amazed at the coordination and unity of the protest, which started in Lagos and spread like wildfire within days to several parts of the country. With the news and hashtag trending online as number one especially on Twitter. I was part of the Twitter and online activism too.

With no clear leader and the young people speaking out in one accord, the Government got scared and started thinking of quelling the protest rather than acceding to the further demands of the people. “No. Never shall we agree to your demands they told themselves” So their next decision was to sponsor thugs to attack peaceful protesters. Viral videos of thugs been ferried around and paid by government officials abound online.

Over the last couple of days several Nigerians have been killed for protesting peacefully. The highlight of it been the LekkiTollGate Massacre that occurred on Tuesday Night. Where government forced opened fire on peaceful protesters chanting the national anthem and holding the national flag. Very Sad. I couldn’t take it as I watched videos upon videos of people being massacred for being patriotic and asking for their rights. What a sad day to be a Nigerian. My reaction was to say a prayer for Nigeria that night and even ask friends to join.

President Mohammed Buhari’s government’s response to dissenting opinion has always been force and violence, whether the dissenting opinion was from Shites, IPOB or peaceful protesters. The response has always been the same, force and violence. The people have been complaining of police brutality for weeks and the governments response was more police brutality.

What the Nigerian govt should have done. Would have been for the president to address the demands of the protesting youths in a live televised broadcast, bring most of the accused officers of police brutality to book and then immediately re-train and increase the salaries of the police and make investigations into the police trust fund. And even go further to reduce their bogus bonuses and extraneous items in the 2021 appropriation bill/budget.

 

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From the events of the last couple of day, we now have a country that rehabilitates terrorists and kill peaceful unarmed protesters for asking for their fundamental human rights. Up till this very moment almost 48 hours after the killing of his people, the President has not deemed it fit to address the nation, particularly the protesting youths. The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo Olu, who many believe to have a hand in the killings at Lekki and even other opposition leaders have all said something either in support or against the killing but our president still keeps mute. I don’t even think any address from the president now will have any effect as it will just be an afterthought. What will he even say, deny his involvement in the whole massacre? The International community on its own isn’t even bothered about the happenings in Nigeria. As foreign governments and the even the UN has shown half hearted attempts to stop the federal government from the continued killing of it’s own people.

We won’t give up though. They can kill us all if they want but we will still demand a better Nigeria. I applaud the women in the fight; Rinuola, Aishat Yesufu and a few others. Who have being in the fore front of all these, showing that women too can lead. The Lord will continue to be our strength in all of these. The oppression of the federal government of Buhari will not last long. For me this wicked nepotic, tribalistic and incompetent government has no more legitimacy. And for those still in support of this government and it’s atrocities I want them to think of this quote, “The forest was shrinking but the trees kept voting for the axe as its handle was made of wood and they thought it was one of them”

A curfew was declared by the government, so they could have chance to kill us more. Enough of the online activism from me. I will be hitting the streets next, once this curfew is over and the protests resume. Join me in saying the following prayers for a better Nigeria as we continue to fight.

Prayer for Tyrant:

Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Let his children be fatherless and his wife a widow. Let his children be continually vagabonds and beg; let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places. Psalm 109: 8 – 10.

 

Prayer for Nigeria In Distress

“All powerful and merciful father, you are the God of justice love and peace. You rule over all the Nations of Earth. Power and Might are in your hands and no one can withstand you. We present our country Nigeria before you. We praise and thank for you are the source of all we have and are. We are sorry for all the sins we have committed and for the good deeds we have failed to do.

In your loving forgiveness, keep us save from the punishment we deserve. Lord we are weighed down not only by uncertainties, but also by moral, economic and political problems. Listen to the cries of your people who confidently turn to you. God of infinite goodness, our strength in diversity, Our health in weakness, our comfort in sorrow, Be merciful to us your people. Spare this nation Nigeria from chaos anarchy and doom. Bless us with your kingdom of justice, love and peace. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen”

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