“They’re shooting at us, we have nowhere to go, help!!”
Lines from the numerous appeals made by Nigerian youths on the ill twentieth day of October 2020; a night marred by injuries and the unjustified massacre of our very young minds by the forces sworn to protect them.
Despite the very evident scenes on DJ Switch’s Instagram live, till today the Nigerian government refutes every allegation of any involvement that dreaded night.
Be it as it may, the protests of October 2020 will not be forgotten. A series of events kick-started by the voracious Twitter-wide campaign #ENDSARS aimed at seeking a way out of police brutality, corruption, illegal stop and searches, torture, and killings plaguing every part of the country.
Demands were made from both the local and international community to see that these requests were effectively meant, two years from then and yet at the cusp of another nationwide protest.
Safe to say this year has been a nationwide holiday for University students in the country as the Academic Staff Union of Universities has embarked on a warning strike, a 3 months strike, and effectively updated her bundle to an indefinite strike.
A supposed 4-year course now runs at the very least for 7 years, not forgetting the horrors and exhaustion each semester of study conveys. The current 1st-year students haven’t begun classes, last year’s batch of admitted students continue to wait, and now a fresh batch of JAMBITES. Condolences.
The Young minds close to the end of their studies are now jumping at every opportunity to just get out of here not minding the dilemma of starting their academics all over.
The past weeks have seen protests in states across the nation by her students, loads of trends and hashtags on social media. Nevertheless, the government continues to air every demand.
Funny that a country that saw a mythical snake swallow 36 million naira just years ago and has frequent recoveries from the EFCC (which has peaked by the way in 2022) refuses to pay arrears owed to the academic body since 2015.
Thousands of students remain at home as the respective ministers of Labour and Education neglect their primary duties in pursuant of political offices.
As the 2023 general elections close in, it’s becoming increasingly clear that as the protests following MKO Abiola’s election win to the 2020 ENDSARS campaign and now the incumbent year’s ENDASUUSTRIKE movement, the constant is the Nigerian government does not care about people voicing out their feelings in the sun on a hot Friday afternoon, the cold of an early harmattan morning in January or the damning pain suffered from teargases and flashbangs. It’s all normalcy.
Pleas from popular figures; David Adeleke, Savvy Rinu, Ogbeni Dipo, Teni the entertainer amongst many others continue to fall on deaf ears.
Apparently, they care next to none for the future of the supposed “leaders of tomorrow” and leaving with the very assuring catchphrase of October 2020, “MAY NIGERIA NOT END YOU”