Should you be worried about being a Nigerian at this very moment? You probably should. You’re probably wondering why? This is because the people who ought to watch over the citizens of Nigeria are the ones killing them. The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of Nigeria which was formed in 1992 by former police commissioner Simeon Danladi Midenda, because a Nigerian Army Colonel was killed by police officers at a check point in Lagos, Nigeria, are out here brutalizing the citizens of Nigeria. This unit in the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department which ought to detain, investigate and prosecute criminals involved in armed robberies, and kidnapping is killing and extorting the public, especially at traffic checkpoints, because they have dreads, use iPhones, wear good clothes, live well and use good cars.
Although the Nigerian government adopted a law criminalizing torture in December 2017, I do not think I have seen anyone convicted of this act, especially SARS. Day-in-day-out, people are terrified. At this point, there is an ongoing protest in Nigeria to end SARS, to put an end to police brutality.
Today I will be sharing some ways to stay active and involved to putting an end to SARS, and letting people live their lives peacefully.
If you’re reading this, do not forget to share this with a friend or a family member.
GO OUT AND ACTIVELY PROTEST
It’s only right to march along with other peaceful protesters and lend your voice in getting demands met. There’s always a flyer/tweet informing the public of where the protests are going to be held.
BE AN ALLY TO THE NIGERIAN COMMUNITY
This goes to all non Nigerians out there, who probably have a favorite Nigerian influencer/blogger/content creator/friend. They’ve been holding it down for you all these years, now is the time to hold it down for them too. Go out there and petitions!!!!!!!!
— Ire Aderinokun (@ireaderinokun) October 10, 2020
CHALLENGE THAT ONE PERSON/INFLUENCER IN THE DIASPORA WHO HAS DECIDED TO KEEP MUTE
One thing we need to know is that because it is not affecting us directly doesn’t mean it is not affecting us indirectly. You have the opportunity/platform to say something and get people to know what is going, don’t decide to keep mute because it’s not affecting you directly, this shows you don’t care.
LEARN TO UNLEARN
Unlearning the old goes a long way, the sooner we realize that having dreadlocks, dying one’s hair, wearing ripped jeans, using luxurious things is a lifestyle, the better.
VOTE! VOTE!! VOTE!!
During the next election, endeavor to come out and vote for the right people.
Step 1: #EndSARS
Step 2: Collect PVC & Vote in 2023.
The future of this country and our lives + children’s lives depend on it.
It’s deeper than just SARS. But first sha, SARS has to go. We need to #EndSarsNow
— Adora Nwodo (@AdoraNwodo) October 10, 2020
I only hope for it to get better from here on, I also hope that these blog posts have been helpful in one way or the other. Change starts with you and I, let’s speak up and support.