The Musings of an EndSARS Protesting Youth: What Happened Last Night Should Make Us Wiser!
The President’s threat or speech yesterday broke us but taught us many hard lessons. I and so many others couldn’t sleep last night… We were broken!!!!!!
We protested for 12 days without vandalization, 12 days of rejecting bribe, 12 days of caring and looking out for each other. 12 days of giving free medical care and legal services.
Brands, both national and international, Celebrities, Churches all protested… influential people were lobbied to add their voice… At the protest grounds, the Christians gave room for the Muslims to have their Jumat prayers. The Christians had their service on Sunday… There was a candlelight service held all over the nation for fallen heroes. Youths, despite the hard economy, spent their personal money cooking for each other.
No one knew who was a Yoruba, an Igbo or Hausa, or Edo… We ate together and danced together. For 12 days, these were organized without a formal leader with just social media tweets, retweets, posts, shares with a hashtag.
For 12 days, we built the Nigeria of our dreams… And built their nightmare… And they got scared. They know if we’re united, we would have one voice. If we have one voice, we have power. And if we have that power… WE WOULD DEMAND A BETTER NIGERIA.
If we’re united and not fighting, how would they budget money for security to calm insurgency? How will they create religious fights and make money?
So, they sponsored hoodlums to disrupt the protest… But we overpowered these hoodlums by getting our own private securities and security dogs to protest grounds. When the military who were ordered by “Powers beyond their control” to shoot. When the guns were fired, they didn’t care who was a Muslim or Christian. They didn’t care who was Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa, Efik, or Urhobo. They killed unarmed people sitting down and singing the anthem.
But when they want to instigate tribal wars and religious unrest, they remind you of your tribe and religion. When they want to make use of you for their selfish gain, they tell you to unite and take side with “your people,” they remind you that you should be one.
Do you all remember how President Buhari contested for presidency up to 5 times? He cried on National TV when the Chibok girls were kidnapped. He promised us heaven and earth. He campaigned vigorously. He protested against the then government.
He was voted in thinking he would bring the change he promised… What did we get in return? We were handled with an “iron fist”.
THEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT THE STATE OF THIS NATION!
THEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT THE PLIGHT OF THE CITIZENS!
They do not care about the state of our hospitals because they get medical attention abroad. They do not care about our educational system because their kids school abroad. They do not care about electricity because they live in choice areas with constant electricity. They travel with security details; so, they have no idea how our roads are. They only need us to win elections… After that, they can send the military to silence us if we remind them of their promises or demand for our rights.
We didn’t lose this fight. That speech yesterday was a speech of threat and you only threaten those you are scared of to keep them in line! They are scared of us. They saw how we mobilized ourselves without a leader. They saw how we overpowered thugs with our numbers. They saw how organized and cooperative we were… It gave them the chills, men.
WE DIDN’T LOSE THIS FIGHT.
Our parents failed because they do not have enough evidence against the leaders, but we, the pressing phone generation, have enough evidence to remind them of how evil, wicked and clueless they are.
Our parents failed because they had less information. But we have a lot of information at our fingertips.
We didn’t lose this fight… We’re now Aware, Awake, and Alert. We know what we’re up against and we’re ready. I am ready!
Get devices that can record conversations and take photos. Imagine if DJ Switch didn’t go live on Instagram…
- Any friend you meet, add them to your social media handle. When you’re in the midst of people, mostly youths, engage them in meaningful conversation… Do not engage in tribal sentiments… Most youths are not informed… If they had the information that some of us have, they would not have hijacked the protest. They would not have been used as thugs.
- Get your Voters card… Get your PVC. If you have any political ambition, start grooming yourself, we do not want to elect those with the mindset of the present leaders we have.
- Do not give up. DO. NOT. GIVE. UP!
- Please, I beg you in the name of Jesus, Allah, Sango, Orisala, Amadioha and everything worshipable under the sun… Do not let them sell tribal or religious sentiments to you.
A Yoruba man, Igbo man and Hausa man, is your brother. An Igbo woman, Hausa woman and Yoruba woman is your sister.
Remember the good times we shared at various protest grounds, irrespective of tribes and religion and let Nigeria come first in your heart!
We’re young. We are strong. We are smart. We are 20 steps ahead of them. We’re their nemesis – the wrong generation to mess with.
We just need to re-strategize. Come 2023, No PDP, No APC, and no recycling of past or present leaders. Together, we shall save Nigeria and make it great again.