From my last blog post, you’d know I was really angry and broken getting it together and out there. After that post, I know all I could pray about was for a peaceful protest with no casualties because really, it’s been bloody. However, it was peaceful at the end of the day, but the heat in #AbujaProtest has been crazy each day. Keep reading…

We finally had the #NationalProtest on Tuesday the 13th of October which was Day5 and from my desk at work- where I kept tabs on everything from tweeting to retweeting, I prayed and prayed and just kept praying. Guess what? PMB deployed soldiers to attack protesters in front of the National Assembly and they beat up the camera men from Arise TV who were doing a live recording, smashed their cameras, destroyed it and beat up some protesters too. Some were injured and the medical team took care of them in the ambulance, but the ingredients didn’t know they were already on live TV.

Next up! The Feminist Coalition handled by F.K. Abudu was under a threat, their bank account was deactivated, but my dear, this is Nigeria and we coconut heads and indomie generation who use bitcoin got a notification to donate to a bitcoin account. Liiiiikkkkeee…. we move! Nothing can stop us!

Did I also tell you that a lot of people have donated to make this protest a success? Okay, hear it from me too. Nigerians, non-Nigerians and our abroad people have made heavy donations to this cause in different currencies. Yes! if you’re on Twitter, kindly follow @fkabudu to make your donations too. Some have donated their time, energy, resources, voices, a whole damn lot. Infact, brands, individuals and more have sponsored one thing or the other and i’m excited I am a youth and alive to witness and be a part of this. This isn’t all…

When PMB was busy commissioning keke napeps, bicycles and groundnut oil for the Youth Empowerment Scheme- neglecting these same youths who were protesting, policemen, soldiers and SARS officials were arresting, injuring and killing people in different states at the same time. This is the country we live in.

However, in some states, the reverse was the case. In Akwa Ibom, the Police were unarmed to protect and assist the peaceful protesters carry out their protest. In Ibadan, Soldiers actually marched with the protesters. In the US, the security officials there safe guarded the youths protesting and same with a few other locations.

In Abuja, a woman went into NASS with her placard and was kicked out. The youths marched all the way to NASS and Min. of Justice- where the soldiers attacked them. Our front liner Aisha Yesufu was with us and yes, we regrouped again at Unity Fountain, our meeting point.

In Ghana, Zlatan Ibile led the protesters too. Pharmacies, shop owners, fathers and mothers have all donated to make this a success and at Lekki Toll Gate, it was more of a carnival. Don’t worry, you’ll get all the juicy details about this in the next blog post- ‘The Nigerian Dream.’ 

Here’s the gist yeah…
Yesterday and today, the 14th and 15th of October 2020, let it be known that thugs/ hoodlums/riffraffs were hired to harass, beat up, injure protesters, vandalize cars and disrupt the protest. Infact, they came with sticks, stones, bottles and machetes to possibly kill protesters too. Protesters have been injured, arrested and detained in some locations and sincerely, they forget the world is watching. Thing is, the Nigerian Bar Association has condemned the use of live rounds on peaceful protesters and yes, you guessed it right. They’re using these hoodlums to make the world think protesters are violent, but they dunno…

To keep the world updated with these events, Aljazeera, BBC, CNN and Washington Post are keeping up with the brutality and terrible leadership we have. CNN said we should keep tweeting with the hashtag #EndSARS #SARSMUSTEND and #EndSWAT to keep them up to speed. Since the National media outlets have been bribed and told to spread fake news, the International media is covering every damn thing. Let me add some more juice…

Jack of Twitter has tweeted with the hashtag and asked the world to donate to the success of the protest. He has verified the accounts of frontliners and since the government wants to shut down the internet, tech community members have educated people on what to do and keep up with the news. My dear, Buhari called us lazy youths, but through our laziness, the world is now backing us up. We now have the Youth Democratic Party for the 2023 elections.What a time to be alive and be a Nigerian youth. Forget it…
The Giant is Awake!

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