This is has been one heck of a year so far with so many controversies, dramas, tragedy, frustrations, good and bad moment. This year has indeed hit everybody so hard whether poor, rich, the elites, leaders, politicians, the government and the masses.
This year has seen the youths for the first time many years united as one to achieve a common goal. The youth has never been united like this before and I think this newly found unity will be the turning point for good things for the youth in this country.
It only took the excessive, persistence and daily harassment, maltreatment, intimidation and brutality of Nigerian citizen by the police to awake the unseen side of the Nigerian youths. The daily extortion and harassment of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) were too much for the youths to bear after enduring their maltreatment for many years.
There have been protests against police brutality in the past years but the SARS men might have reached their all-time vicious level that angered the youths to call their bluff, finally, its time to say “enough is enough” to the rogue police who has left their primary duty of upholding justice, combating crime and safeguarding the masses to become a menace, a source of pain and most likely an enemy to the youth.
The youth united in one accord to carry a more fierce protest against police brutality. This year’s protests are nothing like the past ones carried out by the youths. This is year was more like “enough is enough”, “if you don’t remove them then we will not give till you do”. They were determined to protest till when SARS is ended even it takes many years.
Fortunately, their voice was heard as the government finally dissolved the tactical police unit that has been a source of pain to the youths. This time around the Government showed commitment in their promise to end SARS. Unlike other years the police announced that they have disbanded SARS only for them to come out more vicious to continue their daily extortion. This time the Government meant their word, they have dissolved SARS for good.
However, the youth tried to change the game by continuing the protest after the government officially dissolved the SARS operation and formed a new tactical unit
Shockingly, the youths refused to stop their protest and clamoured for the end of SWAT, a tactical unit that hasn’t even resumed operation in the country. As the days pass the protest started turning violent as thugs started to hijack the peaceful for their selfish gains. There were cases where armed thugs attacked the protesters, set cars and properties ablaze, broke into prisons and set all prisoners free and other violent attacks across the country.
In a bit to calm the situation down and restore law and order in the land, some state government imposed a curfew on their states that have witnessed some violent attacks. Lagos State government declared a curfew and ordered everyone including the protesters to vacate the streets. But the protesters at Lekki toll gate refused and on that same day, they were attacked by unknown gunmen who reportedly attacked some of the protesters. Things went pretty bad after the incident and we all saw how hoodlums burnt every government property at sight.
President Muhammadu Buhari made a timely intervention to calm the situation down by calling of normalcy to return and ensure to carry the youths along in his government. Seeing how things turned out it will be good for the President to get the youths involved in his government to give them a sense of belonging.
I call on President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint these three youths in his government to calm the youths down and show them they matter in the country. There are many qualified youths within the capacity to serve in President Muhammadu Buhari cabinet but these three seems to be the voice of the youths at the moment.
President Muhammadu Buhari should give the youths a sense of belonging by appointing these people into his government.
1. Folarin Falana:
Folarin Falana, professionally known as Falz, is a Nigerian rapper, songwriter and actor. He was one of the few prominent youths that gave their best in the protests. He was mostly seen at the forefront of the protest. Falz has been a fighter of justice and equity and has used his music to pass messages to the government.
2. David Adeleke:
David Adedeji Adeleke, professionally known as Davido, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and record producer. He was one of the few famous youths that gave came out to join his youths on the street to protest against police brutality. He was mostly seen at the front of the protest. Davido has attended several meetings including with the Police PRO seeking to negotiate a better Nigeria for the youths.
3. Aisha Yesufu:
Aisha Yesufu is a human rights activist, socio-political activist and a responsible Nigerian citizen. She was a co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls Movement fighting for the justice of the abducted 200 girls, abducted by Boko Haram on 14 April 2014 from a secondary school in Chibok, Nigeria.
From her profile young can see she has been fighting for the rights of the youth for long.
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