5 Things I Have Learned From the #ENDSARS Protests in Nigeria.
- Nigerian Twitter is not only a place for positive vibes and humour; it is a force for social consciousness.
- The negative impact of SARS in Nigeria is much worse than I had ever imagined it to be.
- Nigerians-in particular, Nigerian youth-have always been outspoken about injustice; it just happens that their voices are more amplified at this point in time.
- I support those who are vocal about the atrocities SARS has committed in Nigeria. I also understand those who feel weary and hopeless about our current circumstances, who are worried about the safety of those protesting and who are doubtful that these protests are enough to challenge and overhaul the status quo on a long-term basis. I do believe though that taking some action against injustice is better than no action at all.
- Based on the response by the Nigerian Police, the slow response by the Nigerian Government, the fact that one State in particular said protests there would be banned, and the inhumane treatment of protesters, it is clear that there is still a long way to go.
But, we are definitely on the way.
Ivie M. Eke
October 13th, 2020.