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#ENDSARS Protest: An Undiluted Opinion from the Rearview Mirror

Writer- Oluseyi Vandy
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The truth is more important than anything else, even if it goes against popular opinion. Finally, the revolution is being televised, #ENDSARS protest is here, but are we walking the right path in advocating the change we need? I will say Yes but not in the entirety of it. 

Before I go on, I’d love to applaud the bravery and patriotic spirit of everyone sacrificing their time, finance, and platform for the #ENDSARS movement. You are proof that the indomitable spirit of Africa and Nigeria is alive and lives.

Over the cause of the #ENDSARS movement which has outlived more than a week now,  there are a few loop-holes we have remained unconscious to and if keen care is not adopted, these holes will become so wide enough and eventually swallow us. Maybe we are blinded by the bandwagon policy, nonetheless, it will save us the trauma of crying over spilled milk if we can nip them in the bud.

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Valid Leadership Factor:

I understand that years of bad leadership and sabotage have led to the mindset of mistrust and utter vigilance when it comes to assigning leadership roles but the truth is having a leader or a set of representatives in this protest will allay the burden. While I applaud the awareness shown and drawn by the movement so far, this momentum will lose effectiveness if a person or group of people knowledgeable and trusted in their field do not come forth and direct the efforts properly. Change is effected behind closed doors or before a table; meaning this protest can easily become frustrating, not only because the government plans to frustrate us, but also because unlike most labor groups; we did not call them for a sit-down to practically negotiate terms and timelines. We can shy away from it for as long as possible but the truth is we will eventually come to terms with assigning representatives. So why wait too long when it can be now? 

Read: Feminism; Home Vs Workplace, Where Should It Begin?

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Empathy vs Apathy (Name Calling):

 Something can mean the world to you and mean nothing to the next person, hence the saying ‘live and let live’. Throw all the tantrums, protest all you want, let there be bloodshed, some people will still feel nothing. It’s a personality trait and majorly because experience has not taught them how to behave in such a situation. Sometimes it can take longer for the individual to come around to feel the same way, or they may never. A case in point is the calling out and “dragging” of America/international artist/creative Beyonce. I cannot begin to list the lengths to which the arguments or reasons for calling her out is not only silly but in all honesty, the height of entitlement. We claim she took advantage of our culture in creating her album and documentary Black Is King. We forget that if nothing else, this was a simple business deal beneficial to all parties. She showcased the beauty of Africa; paid all artists/crew and all other expenses charged. Even helped to showcase our culture in a good light as opposed to the misconceptions that we live in mud houses or sleep under the moonlight or on trees(opportunity in tourism). In summary, she owes us nothing. Her choosing to speak out, like other foreign individuals who have, is a matter of choice. Whether we listened to her songs or not, we didn’t make her, America did and she will be Beyonce with or without us. Keeping in mind that these foreigners have issues they deal with in their own countries. While I celebrate diversity and interest in other cultures, this movement was born to take back power and show that Nigeria and Africa can be great again, so why run to a fellow citizen for aid instead of an intergovernmental agency? 

Read: A Quagmire Is Enjoyed With Friends Inside

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Why are you there?

I mean the protest ground? As much emotion I know this point will stir, I ask this because the reason for your presence determines your actions. Example “Throwing money at the protest, partying, playing pool, hookups”. I understand that as Nigerians, the need to find ways to enjoy yourself and have fun is higher than the exchange rate but think. If the foreign bodies and agencies were to see videos of the protest, which do you think would have more impact and move them to lend their voice? You watching football, clubbing and enjoying musical performances or sitting observing silence for the victims and dead, holding talks about empowerment and Black power/Pan-Africanism or ways to take the movement forward. Now one can say, how do we entertain ourselves staying out all day? The protest must not last a whole day. Maybe certain important days can be set for that. Because in all honesty, a lack of productivity affects the entire economy, not just a few. In the end, partying can be a legitimate reason for police to clear the crowd as constituting a nuisance. If you happen to meet someone and form a meaningful relationship from at the protest, then it’s all fine and good, not that being the hotspot for meet and greet. 

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Why do you scream “EndSARS”?

Is it for the brutality you fear? Those murdered? Greed? Clout? Some of you rather than proving yourself worthy have shown how much of an opportunist you are.  Like every movement, man by his nature finds ways to benefit from a situation. I’ve seen not one or two but many accounts on Twitter tweet “sub for online protesters, RETWEET AGGRESSIVELY BUT YOU MUST FOLLOW FIRST”. Is Nigeria a joke to you!? You turn an on-line protest into a follow-for-follow jamboree? It’s better you don’t protest online at all than play a deceptive card. STOP IT!

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Gender, Social, Tribal, and Religious Wars:

As much as we have a common goal, the truth is that we easily let religion, tribe, and social gap cause a rift. Tweets and remarks too quick to generalize a tribe for not standing with you or trying to thwart the efforts should stop. An example is seen in the vandals that came to damage cars in the Abuja protest. Some comments were quick to vilify a certain tribe. Also, the social gap wars, calling out children of important persons in the society, and criticizing their manner of protesting is unkind. Are you proud of everything your parents stand for? It’s the same for the rich kids too. If they want to be part of the protest then why not? stop resurrecting old wounds!

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How Long Before We Get Tired?

When Buhari promised us ‘change’, I doubt he envisaged the reverse being the case. We are the ones dishing the change with this revolution but how long can we keep him on his toes? How long before we get tired? The reason I appreciate the carefully thought-out “5 Point Demand” is because it prevents excuses that may arise as to why the government is not complying with demands. I suggest that an addendum to the 5 point plan should be a stipulated time frame for all the requests to be met. This will equally free us from the jinx of a nonstop protest that can lose effect or affect more people in the end. When we make our personal plans, we put a time-frame on them to connote a sense of seriousness, don’t we? let’s do the same with our demands. The energy to protest might seem contagious at the moment, but how long before we are bored of it. Start by imagining there was no protest food…lol.

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After This, What Next?

I do not in any way defend the vile actions of the dissolved SARS group, as some of the stories of their actions are both unfathomable and wicked but if the group is completely eradicated, are we saying we do not want a body checkmating armed robbery, internet fraud as well as other crimes in the country? Then this might as well be Christmas in October for the so-called internet fraudsters and criminals who lead us into this pit in the first place. We are being disrespected, blacklisted, and treated badly in foreign countries and as much as we are pained to say it, the majority of it is our fault. Some may say it’s because “they don’t like us” partly that may be true but with all our cries and calls to foreigners and those who took up the cause for our sake, called out our president or faced insults from others like they were the cause of the SARS, will we, in the end, have no shame and return to the cyber crimes when this is all over?  Whether we like it or not, bad eggs still roam among us, so what’s the way forward? Oh, you think because of this protest Nigeria is thoroughly cleansed? Don’t be deceived by the goodwill displayed in the protest centers, some of us are good at acting the part. The protest does not write off the bad behavior of the pickpockets in Computer Village, does it? Does it eradicate jungle justice, majorly championed by our generation? Absolutely No. so what’s the way forward? 

Read: Is Nigeria Really The Headquarters of CyberCrime in the World?

 #EndSARS protesters

In the end, it is not just about taking back power, it is knowing what to do with it. Developed countries like America are still facing new issues, so we should know that we as a people, business, brand, policymakers, and citizens we have a long road ahead of us and should think as broad as possible, as well as read vastly.  In the end, no one else will save our country but us.

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I’ve raised so many pointers in this article and would like your candid opinion in the comment section. What do you suggest as the way forward? Do you agree with all I’ve written? importantly, I’d like to know your reservations. One pertinent question which I decided to save for the last is the hostile reaction showered on people still going about their businesses/promoting their craft at this time. I’ll like to ask, does it mean that if the protest lingers for a month or more, no right-thinking person is allowed to trade online? Promote their music or art? Let’s talk! Kindly leave your comments.👇👇

 

 

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Black
Black
9 days ago

Anyone with a brain will deduce that the #Endsars protest is gradually losing significance whilst still keeping momentum. That’s not to say the protest hasn’t been productive. We have seen the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) twice since the first day of the protest and the Inspector General of Police has addressed some of the issues raised by the protesters. However, the protest is gradually getting hijacked by insignificant forces from within. Like you mentioned in this article, certain persons are using this protest to chase clout. Right from the start, some influencers played on the emotions of… Read more »

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Admin
9 days ago
Reply to  Black

Hmmmm while I agree with most of all you have said, you pointed something which I’ll love to address. I had a similar argument with someone who opined that SARS is an anti-robbery squad and has no business with phones. In my opinion, the word ‘anti-robbery’means to tackle all forms of robbery, internet fruad is a form of robbery. There is no way the unit would have been checking phones if they were not mandated by their superiors or the government to do so. If you say SARS was created for armed robbery cases, does that not void the primary… Read more »

Black
Black
9 days ago

Their (SARS) Superiors have said, time and again, that our phones shouldn’t be searched by any security personnel. And even if, they should have a due cause, right?

The police have no right(s) to search your personal property without a warrant. But because na Nigeria.

Sars went rogue and no one was willing to do anything adequate to address the issue.

Seyi Vandy
Seyi Vandy
9 days ago
Reply to  Black

This is very true but do not take away profiling. As an officer, you are supposed to be trained in intelligence and profiling is one. Sadly while foreign countries would first do investigations for years gathering enough concrete evidence before getting a warrant and apprehending you. Nigerian can just say “Heys!!! Bring out your phone!!” Part of what i hope is changed and attended to in the reforms

Kolapo Kafidipe
Kolapo Kafidipe
7 days ago

If you keep defining robbery that way everything will become robbery: kidnap will become robbery–stealing of persons, slander will become robbery–stealing of reputation, even annoying someone will become robbery–stealing of joy. Let’s leave things how they are defined by law. Let sars deal with robbers and efcc for crimes.

Where were sars when 1 million boys were terrorizing Lagos causing residents to become vigilantes? Where were sars when robbers came to my area and when they phoned police they said they were sleeping?

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Admin
7 days ago

I feel you. Lol @stealing of joy and reputation…we both know the law has no business with issues like that. Nonetheless I get your point. Thank you😄

Seyi Vandy
Seyi Vandy
9 days ago
Reply to  Black

I agrew with most of the points you raised. On the issue of Sars having nothing to do with cybercrime, in playing devil’s advocate; it can be said that cybercrime is the future of robbery, after all someone’s valuables and possessions are being taken through deception or against their wish. This raises another issue, Nigeria has a habit of creating new agencies to handle what already existing bodies are there for. Police is suppose to be capable enough to handle robbery as well as EFCC, but then it just seems like more mismanagement of funds because large amounts are pumped… Read more »

Rotez
Rotez
9 days ago

This is an amazing article, it’s comes from a genuine unbaised angle.

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Admin
9 days ago
Reply to  Rotez

Thank you!!

Seyi Vandy
Seyi Vandy
9 days ago
Reply to  Rotez

Thank you, i appreciate your opinion

Golfer
Golfer
9 days ago

I feel like every protester need to read this. We might as well vote you in as special adviser for this movement.
Honestly, this is very factual.

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Admin
9 days ago
Reply to  Golfer

😀😀😀 well as pleasing as this sounds, it will still be a painful pill to swallow for some. Thanks for reading Golfer.

Seyi Vandy
Seyi Vandy
9 days ago
Reply to  Golfer

😂 i appreciate the comment. We all need to do our part in our different fields to grow the image of Nigeria. For now I enjoy the working in the sidelines and having discussion that make people ask as much questions that can answer some of mine. Thank you again

Isola Emmanuel
Isola Emmanuel
7 days ago
Reply to  Golfer

It is very factual! #EndSARS

Stephanie Osunkwo
Stephanie Osunkwo
9 days ago

It is all for the greater good of the nation Nigeria but I do not agree with some statements made which I’ll highlight; So there is no leader you say? But who is a leader to you? Someone who is in a place of authority is a leader… So the reason why people clamour and say ”there is no leader” is simply not for anybody to be bought over and same old silence and end of the protest. What do you think the likes of Falz, FK, the feminist coven and lots more doctors and lawyers are? They are leaders… Read more »

Seyi Vandy
Seyi Vandy
9 days ago

I liked the points you raised and feel there is a little miscommunication, I will explain. I like the examples you gave when you talked about leaders,but when a specific person or group of people are not appointed there is room for complication. Because like i said in the post,there are always those that will look to take advantage of a situation and given opportunity can. These few you called are not the only ones with influence in the protest. I can understand that in the course of the movement the group can organically gravitate to an individual and the… Read more »

Stephanie Osunkwo
Stephanie Osunkwo
8 days ago
Reply to  Seyi Vandy

Let robbery unit be scrapped first and first and then police reformed… while the other untrained animals can go into sambisa surely they’ll be jobs for them there… surely a country needs protection against thieves and shit but we need to scrap these terrible ones that have turned thieves and employ youths that are trained, if you hear stories mehn!! You’ll be angered in your spirit to wanna scrap them off this second but lez move… #endsars #endpolicebrutality

Isola Emmanuel
Isola Emmanuel
7 days ago

#EndSARS

Jules Jeremiah
Jules Jeremiah
9 days ago

Most of the things I didn’t include in my comment has been highlighted here.
Thank you Stephanie.

Ezeugo 1
Ezeugo 1
9 days ago

thank you jare for this reply…. God bless you.

Isola Emmanuel
Isola Emmanuel
7 days ago

We have a leader, its just that I’m still a little scared to come out to say I’m the one yet.

stickferdinand Nkem
stickferdinand Nkem
9 days ago

i was thinking very deep about the protest and i almost got lost in thought. so i stopped thinking because it is way more than what we can imagine. the writer has touched every nook and cranny of my thoughts for today in this piece. all i may say is we don’t need any more or better infrastructure other than we ourselves. if the people are not cleansed the country may look beautiful but has not moved an inch towards wholesomeness. it is the people in it that makes it better not the change in property. the greatest way forward… Read more »

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Admin
9 days ago

You hit the nail too! People make the real change not a change in property. Well said!!

Seyi Vandy
Seyi Vandy
9 days ago

You have said it all. The protest is a victory in that the politicians can not just cook up stories without fear of being held accountable, which only happened because of years comfortable doing thesame. They know a lot of people have the “share the money” mentality. I hope and believe we will love eachother more than our selfish interests, because that is the only wau true change can come. When we feel guilt over cheating our fellow man, or have a goal/purpose in life other than just making money. Because these goals or purpose will leave the country better… Read more »

Ezeugo 1
Ezeugo 1
9 days ago

in as much as you’re right, but humans must be humans that’s why we need to create a strong system that would either stop or reduce the corruption. For example if we have a true electronic system of voting, rigging in elections would be reduced drastically

Seyi Vandy
Seyi Vandy
9 days ago
Reply to  Ezeugo 1

You should also know that as we develop so does criminality. In this era that we all know programming is the future, expect hacking to be a factor. But yes, with a strong system there would be better sharing of wealth that would make somethings less painful

Ezeugo 1
Ezeugo 1
9 days ago
Reply to  Seyi Vandy

as you’ve acknowledged that cyber crime and hacking has evolved don’t fail to acknowledge that security measures against them has also eveolved. India makes use of both paper and electronic voting. The electoral body created an elctronic system of voting and invited the best hackers to try and hack the system. That’s one way to improve security. Why do they regard iPhone as the most secured phone? It’s because they’ve employed this method too.

Seyi Vandy
Seyi Vandy
9 days ago
Reply to  Ezeugo 1

We can go round and round in an unending cycle till it becomes philosophy or different schools of thought. The truth is nothing is unbreakable, it is only harder to crack. In the end, man made it and so man can surpass it. It’s only a matter of level of intellect, time, skill and tools. Why they keep hiring the best minds and upgrading systems. Note: i am not against electronic voting, it is progress and can get more people involved in voting but what i am letting you know is in reality, Nigeria says they are ready to move… Read more »

Ezeugo 1
Ezeugo 1
9 days ago

Mr/Mrs writer, First of all, are you following in the protest Wether online or offline? Or are you one of those that just sit and criticize? Point 3-5 must be in every cause no matter how genuine it is, there must be people that will show their ignorance, we saw it in the black lives matter protest. Are you serious now with Point 6?, the SWAT in America only come out when they’re needed you don’t see them on the road harassing people. All we’re saying is that whatever unit that’s to be created has to be done rightly and… Read more »

Seyi Vandy
Seyi Vandy
9 days ago
Reply to  Ezeugo 1

I see your points and agree with it to the extent that “there is no right way to protest” and that “there has been no destruction of properties or violence” thankfully. But you should not also discount some points, i do not in anyway belittle the fight but allow me to ask this question as much as it hurts the politicians, in the end how much do you think it will hurt the average man? My point is just 1. Everyone should be well informed and do what they may with the information. 2. Know that the fight after this… Read more »

Ezeugo 1
Ezeugo 1
9 days ago
Reply to  Seyi Vandy

About your first Point, our 5 demands are very clear fir the blind man to see, the protesters are still on the streets to make sure all these demands are met. You’re concerned about the common man…. My dear, the common man has been suffering in the hands of those bad eggs in the SARS we’re protesting only to reduce the suffering. your second point is one of the reasons why we’re protesting, so that the new person who enters wouldn’t use his/her power to violate human right of the people. This protest is not in any way giving room… Read more »

Seyi Vandy
Seyi Vandy
9 days ago
Reply to  Ezeugo 1

As much as i have hope in Nigeria, I believe in practicality. Reforms do not happen over night. Hence before it is fully enacted or carried out,the opportunity for miscreants to take advantage in any lax. But most importantly, it is fantasy to believe that internet fraudsters are not shouting loud, hoping to get chance to run wild

Ezeugo 1
Ezeugo 1
9 days ago
Reply to  Seyi Vandy

Yes reforms do not happen overnight neither would the protest last forever. All these is as a result of distrust between citizens and the government. Remember this is not the first or the second time they promised us reforms. We’re in the streets alittle longer just to keep the government on their toes. Ofcorse not everyone asking for police reform have good intentions but should we stop the movement because fraudsters joined us to shout police reforms. At this point we need as much voice as possible Wether your intentions are genuine or not. Police will never be scrapped. And… Read more »

Jules Jeremiah
Jules Jeremiah
9 days ago

Reading through, it wasn’t hard to tell that you support the protest, which is a good thing. It’s valid enough to write your opinions and your opinions are duly validated. The truth is you’ve pointed out relevancies and there are no lies within. I as a person have alot of reasons to protest but I can’t join the bandwagon out there cos it been difficult for me to deal with the already opened wounds indoors, I’m not looking for a trend option cos I definitely will be spotted crying if I step on that ground. I’m dramatic when I want… Read more »

Seyi Vandy
Seyi Vandy
9 days ago
Reply to  Jules Jeremiah

I appreciate your honesty, your opinion and willingness to listen to another’s point of view. Like Aisha tweeted when addressing how the funds donated to the cause should be spent “This is not a sprint but a marathon”. It will take discipline to see it through to the end,and while even in the most dire and hopeless situation, a Nigerian can always find a reason to laugh. This is part of the unbreakable spirit of Africa, but the youths should know that there is a long road ahead that the “enjoyment” will come far in the future. Because, the long… Read more »

Ezeugo 1
Ezeugo 1
9 days ago
Reply to  Jules Jeremiah

On the matter of leadership, I think they’re taking their time so as not to make any mistakes. We might select someone that’ll go there for their selfish interest. I believe we can achieve our aim without a leader. After all everyone of us are leaders

Seyi Vandy
Seyi Vandy
9 days ago
Reply to  Ezeugo 1

I agree with taking time to appoint a leader but does everyone make the best decisions or know how to make tougj calls and decisions? Not to mention easily influenced, swayed, not practical, pragmatic and sadly intelligent or exemplary in actions and conduct

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Admin
8 days ago
Reply to  Jules Jeremiah

I agree with majority of your points. As regards calling out international celebrities, I want to ask, has there been a time where they called on any of our celebrities to speak up for them whenever they face crisis? I doubt. We should take a cue from that and allow things flow naturally.

Onyii
Onyii
9 days ago

You said a lot of things and you touched a lot of issues. Like most of the comments say, EFCC. They are there for a reason, we pay them for a reason, they should do their work. The Police and every other force created in Nigeria have its part to play in keeping the country and the citizens safe. We are only asking that they #EndSARS and #reformthenigerianpolice. Every thing definitely has its good and bad and this is where weighing its options come in, ELECTRONIC BALLOT isn’t a bad approach. Again, we do not know how long the protest… Read more »

Seyi Vandy
Seyi Vandy
9 days ago
Reply to  Onyii

I agree with you, most existing bodies should do their work. I also stated this in a previous comment but scheduling and timeframe is what shows seriousness and anything without a timeframe in mind is easily shifted aside to considered not urgent and important. So yes, they should be given a deadline and if you follow the trajectory of the protest, it is clear they are just beginning. The demand is general accountablity and transparency,which i support. But without a timeline to know when to apply pressure. Complications might occur

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Admin
8 days ago
Reply to  Onyii

Hmmmmm well said! But I disagree with you on it loosing its relevance if its scheduled. It should be especially cause of interstate trade, that way traders can plan themselves properly rather than spending hours on the road. Or you want a hike in food stuff prices?

Nuella
Nuella
9 days ago

So much to say but virtually almost all issues have been penned down in this article already.. The rot isn’t just now, it’s deeper than we can see..

EndSARS is just the surface, scratch that and you see the messy piles of corruption..

There’s no better time to protest, it’s either now or else we’ll be silenced forever!

Seyi Vandy
Seyi Vandy
9 days ago
Reply to  Nuella

Thank you for your very clear factual point. I could not agree more

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Admin
8 days ago
Reply to  Nuella

Hmmmm I get you. There’s more to the rot than meets the eyes…better now or never maybe…nonetheless we need a strategy 🤗

Idawor Ruth
Idawor Ruth
9 days ago

Nice Points you have dished out dear writer. Of course, we have a long road ahead but to get far we just have to start somewhere…You would notice that this ongoing protest is not for the police alone as other issues crippling the country is also addressed. But for a start, the issue of SARS needs to be tackled with. The SARS has a special job, they were formed for a reason, Same case with the EFCC. The job of SARS is not to search phones without a warrant and kill/arrest innocent people without concrete evidence to label them a… Read more »

Seyi Vandy
Seyi Vandy
9 days ago
Reply to  Idawor Ruth

I agree with you. Minus the fact of killing, police is not suppose to beat up a suspect. Even if the person is guilty of a crime, that is police brutality. Hopefully,the reforms bring back respect of the police force. And in all honesty, i hope it doesn’t just end there, transparency is needed in every structure not just government alone, businesses are not left out. But this is a long fight and hopefully we as a people are prepared, dedicated and do not loose focus

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Admin
8 days ago
Reply to  Idawor Ruth

Hopefully we don’t loose focus✌

Naomi
Naomi
8 days ago

my dear people don’t be on the wrong side of history lend ur voices do it for clout do it for anything just do it invite international bodies into the matter do what u must don’t be tired. For the writer , u get luck say no be social media u post this thing I can’t even say much to u sef I don’t want to talk out of anger for the mean time #endsars period!

I am
I am
8 days ago

This is the best thing I’ve read all week. Thoroughly written and void of sentiments. I agree with all the points highlighted. The protest is fast losing it’s relevance but we’ll rather not have that discussion but throw emotional tantrums when someone has a different opinion. Some have turned it to a gender war, some even bring gay rights laws into it, the other day another person made it a tribal war — all these things, SARS don’t even question it. Calling out international celebrities and trying to guilt trip others is folly. Where your right ends is where the… Read more »

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Admin
8 days ago
Reply to  I am

Very well said. About the issue of gay rights, I was gonna chip that in but then I heard they are also victims of SARS. Good to know you share the same opinion as the writer.

I am
I am
8 days ago

They are. Which is why I said SARS or any of them doesn’t ask whether you’re gay or straight. It’s the least of their concerns.

There’s already infightings — political, tribal and so on.

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Admin
8 days ago
Reply to  I am

Hmmmmm you are right!

Seyi Vandy
Seyi Vandy
8 days ago
Reply to  I am

Thank you for your input. For understanding that the point of the article has never been to put down the efforts of protesters but to draw awareness to certain issues, so they can better guard and direct their efforts.

I am
I am
8 days ago
Reply to  Seyi Vandy

It has to be resolved, if not, we’ll keep running in a circle.

Wammy
Wammy
8 days ago

Nice write up. I think the protest isn’t about ending SARS anymore but about changing a bad government which people are yet to come out directly to say and with this, I feel like the protest has been hijacked by some people for their selfish interests. Anyways, kudos to the youths out there protesting with real intentions.

Seyi Vandy
Seyi Vandy
8 days ago
Reply to  Wammy

The switch is obvious and i am certain those in power are seeing the direction this movement is taking, why i feel if not properly handled and prepared for, many people will not withstand the pushback. Because no one will willingly want to leave position of power, plus by God’s grace, when the voice of the people win in the end, will thesame cycle continue? Just with different players?? These are some of the things i hoped people would get from this write up. Change the country, but know that you and I ARE THE COUNTRY

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Admin
8 days ago
Reply to  Wammy

Hmmmm we share almost the same feelings here.

Solchibuzor
Solchibuzor
8 days ago

Well, SARS will definitely end. Then again, the normal olokpa is out there shooting protesters..so??? Hmmmn It has been claimed that the reason the protest has been thus far successful is because of the absence of one or two defined leaders. It has been highlighted how easily such leadership could be influenced and the protest sabotaged. Then again, I must ask. Did the millions of youth protesting suddenly go to sleep, woke up with the 5point agenda? Nah. The distribution of funds, materials, etc. The hotline which was just launched, was it the work of a ghost? Nah. I agree… Read more »

Seyi Vandy
Seyi Vandy
8 days ago
Reply to  Solchibuzor

I love how very observant you are. In the end though people say there is no leader,they know they look up to certain individuals and yes,certain knowledgeable individuals have stood out in this protest and made logical pragmatic plans like the 5/5 and 7-point agenda. But also, my worry is that with no defined head or group of representatives,influence becomes dangerous because some others may be working an angle that may not be easily seen till it is too late or brings complications. In the end,i understand that the movement may organically have a leader but i am of the… Read more »

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Admin
8 days ago
Reply to  Solchibuzor

Very understandable and relatable points you stated. 💫💫💫💫💫

Wana
Wana
8 days ago

I love the view point of this writer
Very unbiased and touching all the core points of the protest and issues surrounding it
Well done

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8 days ago
Reply to  Wana

Thank you Wana!!

pepper.blue
pepper.blue
8 days ago

While you highlighted very valid points, I don’t agree with the leadership. In past protest, we have seen leaders go to the table then come out to give fake promises and be given government office in following years. We need representatives, yes but we need the #5on5 requests met by the government, then we negotiate. There’s distrust between the government and the citizen and they have done more to stop protests than meet the demands of the people. Let us see actions, our demands are simple, we want to see them met.

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8 days ago
Reply to  pepper.blue

Hmmmmm you are also right but are we going to keep moving around in circles without a dialogue with the government? How about a transparent meeting perhaps online where everyone can witness? Thank you Pepper Blue😃

Seyi Vandy
Seyi Vandy
8 days ago
Reply to  pepper.blue

There’s also the issue of accountability. When there is no one to be held accountable, chaos can occur. Leadership is important for many reasons. After all they are calling for youth representatives in the body to be set up.

So they should not shy away from picking a representative to lead. Transparency is the goal, why fear to start practicing it?

Amaka
Amaka
8 days ago

At the moment its not just about #endsars alone, however #endsars is still the main goal.
Deep down I pray we win this fight, cause the government is clearly stubborn nd is refusing to come to terms with any of the youths demands
There are so many issues but right now we are only asking to live.
The protest made so many things clear so many

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8 days ago
Reply to  Amaka

Yeah the protest is an eye-opener,hopefully we win.

Seyi Vandy
Seyi Vandy
7 days ago
Reply to  Amaka

I feel things have been clear before this protest, hence the anger and resentment fueling it. Anger is good to get people to stand up and enact change,but with only anger being the guide and not wisdom,the country will degenerate into anarchy. I support the need to stand up and fight for your rights but the signs of chaos is already starting to appear little by little. I feel there should be a strategizing

Archie
Archie
7 days ago

That’s what I tell everyone who cares to listen. #Endsars has served it’s purpose. Even though I know the dissolution of sars is largely cosmetic I suggest we take the 7-point demand as our new focus while we get representatives to check the police reforms issue. The 7-point demand is exactly what will provide the platform for a new Nigeria. It tackles constitutional reforms, public office reforms, cost of governance, health, education, etc. It restricts the family of public office holders to government hospitals and schools. Let us support it. If you have influencers sell it to them. This is… Read more »

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7 days ago
Reply to  Archie

Brilliant!!! I will visit this link ASAP.

Seyi Vandy
Seyi Vandy
7 days ago
Reply to  Archie

I agree with this, it also advocates inclusion of the youths into the system. So far from what i read, it really addresses a lot of issues that will benefit the people

Dante
Dante
7 days ago

#Endsars #EndNass #EndbloatedNassPay #EndPoliceBrutality finally LGBTQ lets get buhari to quit!!! Its not working. Enjoyed the write up but i will explain a couple of things. the youths are wiser than ever now. We dont need a leader now because this useless government want a figure head that the can single out and either Intimidate, jail or bribe. which fucking dialogue lol Buhari dialogue with whom? we are no body to him. the #Endsars protest showed the youths how powerful they are and people with good insight always knew that it was going to get bigger than ending sars. we… Read more »

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7 days ago
Reply to  Dante

Okurrrrrrr… Thank you Dante!! Hmmmm about trending a hashtag for the president to step down, I doubt baby Bubu will yield. Until then, we are watching in 5G 😆😆

Seyi Vandy
Seyi Vandy
7 days ago
Reply to  Dante

Even before colonialism, we had rulers, leaders. Wisdom and hubris are different things. Let us run a hypothetical situation. We the youths have power; agreeded. If they jail whoever is incharge, why can’t we show our strength, since it’s what led them to want to have a sitdown in the first place. They know not to make a martyr, especially when it will lead to more anger. If the leaders or representative starts to deviate, we can just take away thesame power. And while power is good, remember that Nigeria is a corrupt place,not just the leaders but the populace.… Read more »

Isola Emmanuel
Isola Emmanuel
7 days ago

This is because, as a youth, I stumbled on this opportunity while going through Twitter. And I’ve realized that I was doing it peacefully without actually knowing I was doing it. I have made both the government and the people aware of this. Now I don’t want this oppurtinity to remain in the hands of the youths who have decided to use it for good #EndSARS

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7 days ago
Reply to  Isola Emmanuel

Your efforts will not be in vain, hopefully we get this right. Dont stop!✊

Isola Emmanuel
Isola Emmanuel
7 days ago

everything I said in my previous post is right expect what I said about it not remaining in the hands of the youths.

I NEED IT TO STAY IN THE HANDS OF THE YOUTH!!! #EndSARS

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7 days ago
Reply to  Isola Emmanuel

I was gonna ask if you made an error but then again…lol

Seyi Vandy
Seyi Vandy
7 days ago
Reply to  Isola Emmanuel

While I know there are good youths struggling out there to make a living and survive the right way, you can not discount the wisdom and experience of age. I want to leave with a quote “the youths are a reflection of society”

King
King
7 days ago

In 2011, I got a 20k Skye Bank cheque from my brother. I went to cash the money with my international passport. I met my friend, Taiwo Oduntan whom came to deposit cash in the bank. So, I exited the bank with my friend symoutaniusly; as we were getting to the main road from the bank, SARS guys arrested us and quizzed us what we went to do in the bank, I told them I went to cash a cheque and Taiwo Oduntan said he went to help his Mom deposit cash in the bank. I told I was under… Read more »

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7 days ago
Reply to  King

Wow! This is so sad to hear. I hope the government does something ASAP rather than transferring bad eggs in a new crate😒. Thank God you are safe a lot of people lost their lives mehn.

King
King
7 days ago

I hope so too o

Seyi Vandy
Seyi Vandy
7 days ago
Reply to  King

I am glad you are alive and able to recount your experience yourself. We know there are many unlucky ones who could not do so

Oluwatosin Alaro
Oluwatosin Alaro
6 days ago

Firstly, let me appreciate you for this article and virtually all points that you raised are salient. It is a fact that the protests cannot continue like this without a sit down with the government, else the masses will get bored and frustrated, and this is a card that the Presidency is playing at. Also, I am totally in support that we need arrowheads that are tested and trusted, to be on the negotiation tables in all States, but the meetings should be televised live to assuage all suspicions. On a personal note, I am against the total blocking of… Read more »

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6 days ago

You are wise, I enjoyed reading your feedback too. Glad you are on the same page with the writer and also communicated your points well. What I worry about most at this time are tending to hospital emergencies which you stated. It will be sad to hear that someone could not make it because the road is blocked.

Thank you🤗

David
David
3 days ago

I’ve agreed to everything you said,but I’ll advice we choose a leader and continue the protest with coordination,let’s also try to respect the human rights too by not making others feel bad about our genuine aims.

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3 days ago
Reply to  David

Well said David. Thank you for taking time out to read🙏

Isola Emmanuel
Isola Emmanuel
2 days ago

So as to not sound reticent, I agree with everything you’ve said but, pardon the mixed feelings I’m getting concerning this #EndSARS protests.

I say mixed because I’m both scared and hopeful. Scared because of the degradation of the peaceful protests into violent actions and lootings. Hopeful because this has shown to anyone who is about to embark on governing Nigeria by 2023 that we the people are awake and no longer asleep.

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2 days ago
Reply to  Isola Emmanuel

I totally understand you😄

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