Arise Oh Compatriots!
We have decided that enough is enough, we have finally arisen and oh how I love this song.
For the people, both young and old, that do not understand — for whatever reasons, and the people that have decided to turn a blind eye, shame on you. For those that keep saying “but SARS has been disbanded, why do you still come out in your hoards and ‘cause trouble’. You are just trouble makers”. Especially those that insist “there must be a political agenda”, shame on you.
For the people that understand, that support and but feel that they have been inconvenienced, well, we are sorry for the inconvenience, but we are tired.
We are tired of losing friends, colleagues and even stranger to the system, to the men in uniform who are sworn to ‘serve and protect’. We are tired of being scared to leave our homes for fear of coming across members of our police force and winding up dead, or worse — unlawfully incarcerated, left to a fate worse than death.
WE ARE TIRED
WE ARE DESPERATE FOR JUSTICE
WE ARE NOT GOING TO BACK DOWN
We will not be silent because SARS has been disbanded and even if we ignore the newly created SWAT team, which is bogus at best, SARS operatives are still operating freely on the streets.
Are there no checks in the system? They are disbanded, so why do they still operate? Oh, and do not let me even go into the excesses and gaps in the Nigerian Police Force. We are well aware that the rot in the system is not concentrated at SARS operatives alone.
We are ready to peel back the multiple layers of decay that a the lack of accountability of all our leaders, the audacity of our captors, the impunity of our police force, and the lackadaisical behaviors of our public servants and the decadence of our politicians has caused.
This is why we protest. The Nigerian system has failed us. We do not know that good governance looks like, but we would like to find out before we die, or before we are killed.
We are wide awake and we demand our due.
The inconvenience that has clearly come with this movement is unfortunate, but we will not relent because our lives are worth more than any inconvenience.
Your inconvenience is a small price to pay for sustainable change in Nigeria
We shall not be silenced.
I have heard so many stories in the past week, but the one that shocked me the most was Esther’s story. She was unlawfully jailed for 6 weeks and all her contacts were useless in the face of actual danger. To crown it off, there was no redress. There was no justice for all her suffering. She was just grateful to be out. At least, she wasn’t shot dead like many that she had witnessed.
For every story I hear, I cry like a baby because enough is enough.
Our Lives Matter
Our Today Matters
Our Futures Matter
The Quality of Our Lives Matter
And for those that have been victims of our country, we will not forget you.
RIP brothers and sisters 🕯 ✊🏽🇳🇬