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The unraveling of the EndSARS protests in Nigeria

Yvette Uloma Dimiri

Yvette Uloma Dimiri

Yvette is a media professional. She is the Growth Editor for Stears Business. Before switching to media, she worked as an analyst for an oil and gas service firm. She has a B.A in Political Science from The University of Chicago.

Unemployed “lazy” Nigerian youths, in less than two weeks, upended the bigotry of low expectations. The #EndSARS protests allowed many of us to show real love for this country for the first time in many of our lives. 

After almost two weeks of peaceful protests, the Nigerian military opened fire on #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate and at multiple other locations around the country. Now, we are all consumed with grief over the scenes at the toll gate. Grief, as they say, is love with no place to go.

We didn’t want it to end like this: full of lifeless bodies and fragranced with conspiracies. After two weeks of protest in Nigeria, the police were already responsible for over 56 deaths. Amnesty International, after preliminary investigations, confirms an additional 12 died at the Lekki Toll massacre alone. 

A protest is a legitimate strategy and sometimes the only way powerless people have to fight for their rights. In the case of #EndSARS, Nigeria’s young people were reclaiming their constitutional right to safety and life, free from torture and harassment from a vicious unit in the police. 

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