By: on October 28, 2020
Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, aka Sanwo-Tinubu, is one of the agents of aged despot being used to stamp out domestic dissent. Sanwo-Olu in cahoot with General Muhammadu Buhari and Bola Ahmed Tinubu, his political godfather, violated constitutional safeguards and disregard the rights of #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Toll Gate by using soldiers to fire live ammunition on defenseless peaceful protesters. Sanwo-Olu, Tinubu had vigorously denied knowledge and involvement in the killing...
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By: on October 27, 2020
The #EndSARS protest in its current form has come and gone. It is time for a post mortem, soul-searching, and a few sobering thoughts on what just happened, and what it could have been. The most critical aspect of the protest, in my view, was the leadership or leader(less) dimension of the phenomenon. And, it was indeed a phenomenon; a moment in history. We were led to believe that the protest was not organised, not coordinated, managed, or directed by any individual or group of individuals; tha...
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By: on October 21, 2020
The Nigerian Army says it has arrested the soldier who recorded a video begging his colleagues not to shoot at #EndSARS protesters The soldier now identified as Lance Corporal Harrison Friday, wore a hood in a video he made in which he begged his colleagues not to shoot at end SARS protesters even if they were sent to do so. In a post shared on its Twitter handle this morning October 21, the Nigerian Army says Harrison carried out 'cybercrime' and that he has now been arrested. ...
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By: on October 19, 2020
It is unlikely that EndSARS protesters or the government ever envisaged the intensity and tenacity of the protests convulsing many states in Nigeria over poor and repressive policing methods calcified by decades of misrule. In the past few years, as the repression worsened and policing decayed, and insecurity became unmanageable, the government had enough time to anticipate a crisis of confidence between the government and the people, a crisis capable of truncating democracy, instigating chaos, ...
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By: on October 19, 2020
As with every concerned Nigerian, sleeping has not been the same since Friday, 9th of October, 2020. Why? Simply because, something profound took place in the land on Thursday, 8th of October, 2020. A shift if we’re to be honest with ourselves as Nigerians. And for the past nine days or more, the only entry in my diary has been this sentence: Nigeria on my mind. As I type on my keyboard (not even write with my pen), I know what made me get up at past 4 am today (Sunday, 18th of October, 2...
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By: on October 19, 2020
The #ENDSARS that has been trending online, along with its attendant protests, mostly in South-western states of Nigeria, has morphed from a simple civil protest, decrying police brutality, to a political movement with a grim and dim dimension, in which so many protesters are carrying placards and trending hashtags that are asking for an end to the Buhari government. Before now, there have been numerous cases of police brutality, molestation, extortion and extrajudicial killings by some ‘prodiga...
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By: on October 18, 2020
No force on earth can stop an idea whose time has come. Nothing is stronger than an idea whose time has come. No army can stop an idea whose time has come. Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come. There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come. Many of these paraphrases of a French poet, writer, and philosopher, Victor Hugo’s thoughts have a closer match in a passage from Gustave Aimard’s earlier-published novel Les Francs-Tire...
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By: on October 15, 2020
It has been a few weeks of widespread streets protests in our country – Nigeria – and there are, indeed, good reasons to stage the protests. For two weeks, Nigerian youth mounted what can be termed as spirited protests, tagged #ENDSARS, against the activities of the now-disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).The protests started on October 3, 2020, were precisely initiated from social media as #EndSARS. The social media protests began after a video of a young man manhandled by SARS operativ...
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By: on October 15, 2020
You’ll have to go back nearly a decade to find anything resembling what has been happening across the country in the last one week. Back then, civil society deeply offended by trillions of naira stolen by government officials and campaign donors to the ruling party in the name of petrol subsidy mounted protests that rocked the country and nearly brought President Goodluck Jonathan’s government to its knees. As it turned out, nearly didn’t kill that bird. It, however, triggered #BringBackO...
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By: on October 15, 2020
There can be no daily democracy without daily citizenship – Ralph Nader. The #EndSARS protesters literally took the political class by surprise. Perhaps, the government had arrogantly dismissed the protesters as another set of irritants, not expecting the agitation to gain traction with demonstrations across the South. But this is a different kettle of fish. Nigerian masses are, for once, fed up with the policing and governance system. Unfortunately for the government, these protesters are n...
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By: on October 13, 2020
Up until yesterday, when unexpectedly the feudal despot, General Muhammadu Buhari, capitulated to the will of the people and scrapped SARS, one could say democracy had ended in Nigeria. Democracy under Buhari has become a one-man rule. Power at the center has been over centralized. He gags the media, manipulates the courts, divides the country, erased the rule of law, voids the Constitution, and squelch protest. Under him, we see a darker future. Millions of Nigerians are oppressed and their...
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