Today we celebrate 60 years of independence from our former colonial masters. Sadly I am constrained to ask the following question: can our so-called “unity” be sustained for much longer?
They say where there is no justice there cannot be any peace. Nigeria is a nation that is rife with injustice and where some people are regarded as being more equal than others.
The ethnic, religious and regional divisions and cracks are widening and the anger of the people is rising. The bitter truth is that if things continue in this way Nigeria may not remain together for much longer.
I believe that if we cannot agree amongst ourselves and fix these problems quickly then there will be a separation. If we cannot live together in peace, harmony and as equals then there will be a break-up. If we cannot be happy together then there will be a divorce.
We shall and must continue to at least attempt to build bridges of unity in order to engender peace and national cohesion but if anyone insists on saying that he is “born to rule” and that the rest of us were “born to serve” then we must and will go our separate ways.
Breaking: Arrest Dele Momodu Over That Interview With Nnamdi Kanu – Yerima Shetima Tells Buhari
The president of Arewa consultative forum has asked the presidency to arrest Dele momodu over his interview with IPOB leader MAZI NNAMDI KANU
Speaking in Kano, YERIMA stated that dele momodu has given Nnamdi kanu more platform to insult our great country and the president.
According to him
I have watched the interview video between Nnamdi kanu and dele momodu. It is an insult to not only our great country but our president himself.
He can dele ask Nnamdi kanu about his claims that buhari is dead.. that means dele himself has bought that fake lies and is trying to bring it up again.
It is an insult because many people have watched the video including foreign diplomats and now, they would believe that our president is dead when it is a blatant lie.
I am calling on the presidency to arrest Dele and teach him a lesson over this very insult against the president.
All they are doing including the yorubas is to make sure buhari did not complete his tenure but they forget that we have two more tenures before we can give the slot to the Southerners.
ENDSARS Protest: We Will Resume Protest If FG Are Not Willing To Implement Changes – Nigerian Youths Vows
Young Nigerians who took to the streets to demand better governance are in shock after a brutal crackdown on their movement but say their resolve for change remains undimmed. Demonstrations began on 8 October, targeting a hated police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), that the authorities vowed to disband as pressure mounted.
Anger turned into unrest, climaxing on 20 October when security forces shot at a crowd of a thousand demonstrators defying a curfew in the economic hub Lagos – 12 were killed, according to Amnesty International. Today, as a judicial panel launched by the authorities probes the bloodshed, the leaderless campaign is struggling to come to terms with events that have been both traumatic and historic.
“The government murdered peaceful protesters in cold blood, people are still rattled,” said demonstrator Leo Dasilva, 28. Those who took part in the protests say that a page in history has been turned.
Unity and leadership
Nigeria – the diverse home of more than 250 ethnic groups and 500 languages, different religions and cultures – will never be the same, they contend. It has “shifted the realm of possibility of what can happen in this country,” said Feyikemi Abudu – known as FK – in a podcast with fellow activist Jollz, called “I said what I said”.
The two young women are part of the Feminist Coalition, one of the main groups backing the protests. “What we achieved was unity, and unity is not little, it’s a very big win for Nigeria,” said Anita Izato, a 24-year-old lawyer in the capital Abuja. The tech-savvy protesters organised themselves at lightning speed with the help of social media, providing legal aid, paying medical bills and offering support with a helpline.
“They’ve shown so much leadership – even though there was no leader. They brought in ambulances, took care of people’s welfare and security – almost like a government!” long-time Nigerian activist Aisha Yesufu, 46, said. “A month ago no-one thought this could be possible. This level of activeness from citizens that have otherwise been passive… it’s quite a huge win.” Nigerians abroad also took part, organising their own protests in London, New York and Paris, helping to get support from Rihanna, Kanye West and other celebrities.
Skepticism and doubt
The Nigerian government has promised a string of reforms in response to the protests, including the disbanding of SARS. But many young people doubt whether this will root out the country’s notorious culture of corruption or usher in the deeper political change they crave. “In terms of narrow goals, we received reports that members of the police unit are still operating so it’s not clear if that was achieved,” said Ikemesit Effiong, head of research at SBM Intelligence, a geopolitical consultancy in Nigeria. “And in terms of wider police reforms, there is movement on part of the government, yes, but is Nigeria on the path of institutional reform? No.”
Major influencers in the movement, FK and Jollz are themselves assessing their next step. “My DMs (direct messages on Twitter) are full of suggestions,” FK joked.“This is the first time we are doing this – we don’t know what to do! We actually don’t. We didn’t plan this.” One of the challenges of a leaderless movement is that everyone wants different things – from organising a conference, to creating a think tank or a political party.
Some have encouraged the youths who took part in the protests to now focus on the next elections, in 2023. Nigeria’s Youth Democratic Party is not registered as an official party but is banking on getting more members. “The protest was just an eye-opener. The battle just began. We will make Nigeria Great,” it said. But entering the hermetic world of politics in Nigeria will not be an easy task. “If they focus on the single issue of a more responsible police force… then the time on the street will have been time well spent,” said Effiong.
Dialogue or confrontation?
For now, the protesters’ immediate future depends on how the government responds to their demands. Even those abroad say it is wiser to hold off for now, but fresh protests cannot be ruled out. “At the moment, dialogue and engagement I think with the government is the way forward,” said Dipo Awojide, 35, who helped organise protests in London. “If they are not sincere, and if they are not willing to implement changes, then I think it’s entirely OK to consider going back to the streets.” But the window for dialogue is closing, said Effiong, who worries that other groups in the country, more organised and armed, could seize the opportunity to resort to violence.
- Source : Ndigbo link
Blame ENDSARS Protesters For Looting Warehouse Where Your Covid-19 Palliatives Was Stored – Femi Adesina
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, says the looting of warehouses and shops by hoodlums was not necessarily caused by poverty but by the pandemonium that accompanied the #EndSARS protests.
Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme, on Thursday, Adesina said attributing the looting to poverty was like justifying armed robbery.
“Criminality is criminality. Would it justify armed robbery because the man was poor? Would it justify armed robbery because the man didn’t have money? Just as you cannot justify armed robbery because a man was poor and took a gun to rob another person, you can’t also justify the looting,” he said.
Adesina claimed the protracted protests provided an atmosphere for looting to take place.
He said if police stations were not burnt down, there wouldn’t have been a breakdown of law and order.
The President’s spokesman said, “Criminality will always be criminality and mere anarchy promotes criminality. What has happened in the last two or three weeks led to what has happened now. If there was cohesion and tranquillity in society, this wouldn’t happen.
“Therefore, it was corollary to the mere anarchic situation that came on the country because of the protests. If you didn’t have people burning police stations, killing policemen, burning private and public property, you wouldn’t have this spate of looting.
“So, I don’t agree that it is all about poverty. Yes, in any country, you will have at any given time, you will have people who are poor, who are hungry and that is one of the reasons why you have government is to ensure that the number of poor and hungry people is reduced.”
When challenged with the fact that Nigeria had become the poverty capital of the world, the President’s spokesman said the high level of poverty was caused by 60 years of mismanagement of public funds which could not easily be addressed in two years.
He said the President Muhammadu Buhari was committed to leaving a legacy that would see that 100 million Nigerians are lifted out of poverty in the next 10 years.
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