Let it be known that I was smiling while typing this blog post. Why? It is a great time to be alive, be a Nigerian youth and witness Unity, Faith, Peace and Progress in full display. Don’t worry, I’m here to give you the news in detail…
Remember I told you about the donations made to support the protest by individuals, brands, citizens home and abroad and non-citizens too yeah? Yes, your head is there. So, in a week, over 50 Million Naira has been donated in different currencies. This is money by the protesters, for the protesters, to the protesters. Infact, in only a few days, an entire system has been created in an “Uncoordinated” coordinated manner according to Iretioa Doyle. E shock you? Be calming down…
So, from planning, action, teamwork, consistency, communication, accountability, transparency and what have you…name it…it has been put together to make this even more amazing. It is educating, entertaining, emotional, encouraging, empowering and just a blend of everything. Funding, logistics, communication, rapid response- both legal, medical and security teams, feeding, costume, clean-up, music, documentary, delivery and dispatch, mobile toilets, raincoats, canopies, varieties of rich meals and drinks, water and snacks, call-centre, therapy, data, funds for vandalized cars, destroyed properties, missing devices returned, phone repairs and just a lot has been provided and donated to make this protest a success. Tell me why this isn’t the Nigerian Dream?
It will amaze you to know that the miscreants who were caught yesterday were beaten, taken to the hospital for medical checkup, fed and given drugs by protesters whom they attacked. Also, people opened up their doors for protesters to change into their raincoats. After the rain, tea and pepper soup was served. Most of these protesters who are graduates, business men and women, millionaires too…have slept at Lekki Toll Gate and Alausa on the floors, placards, clothes, regardless of the discomfort from cold, mosquitoes, and so much more.
Some churches, religious leaders, organizations and politicians are gradually trying to take part in the protests just to mark attendance because they have witnessed the seriousness and progress of the protest. However, na person wey follow protest we go relate with.
A woman came to sell food items at the protest ground and during a moment of chaos, her goods were spilled, but protesters contributed funds to help cover her loss. Again, I say… what a time to be alive.
The Nigerian politicians have realized that this is not business as usual and the youths aren’t just making noise, but we are tired of being tired and are demanding for a change. With this, the IGP on the 13th of October announced the formation of the Special Weapons and Tactics Unit (SWAT) to replace the “supposedly” dissolved Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), but again we know it’s a lie because SWAT wasn’t just formed now. Plus, we aren’t even protesting for a change of name or doing a naming ceremony. My dear, werey wan dey disguise.
We are tired of the shalaye and this time, we have decided to soro soke and have thrown the leaders into confusion because the protesters don’t have a leader. So, there’s no one to speak for us and none for them to bribe. We have a #5for5 demand and until the government responds to all, we are not backing out. They also need to apologize and fix other things. Buhari laughed when Sanwo Olu told him about the compensation and imagine o, they ended up giving Jimoh Isiaq’s parents 1Million Naira and 100Million for the renovation of the palace building. Forget it, #BuhariHasBeenABadBoy.
Where is all the energy coming from?
People are tired of being lied to. “Nigerian youths have nothing to lose because you have taken everything from them.” -Aisha Yesufu 2020
People are tired of being tired. Fela’s mum, Fela, Fela’s son and grandson- 4 generations have witnessed Buhari’s regime and have been protesters in all.
A girl sat on a statue crying and refused to fly the Nigerian flag because her three brothers were killed on the same day and dumped in a well by SARS.
DJ KAKA protested with anger because SARS tok his car, killed his twin and wanted to kill him too. There are many more sad experiences and related collective stories, but again, I am proud to be a Nigerian youth protesting for change. Las Las, we will #EndSARS and #EndSWAT. This is the Nigerian Dream!