October 2020 will definitely remain a monumental moment in the history of Nigeria. A period that witnessed a revolutionary movement that shook virtually all facets of the nation directly or indirectly, positively or negatively.
You will agree with me that the #EndSARS protest is an eye-opener (in disguise of a fight against police brutality) to degenerated the state of the nation. It also reveals the willingness of the youths to take back the nation from the care of the older generation who keep on recycling public positions. Nigerian youths stood to proof that “we are not too young to run.”
No doubt, history will never forget this moment.
The negative implications of the prolonged protest
When we talk about the “positive” implications of the protest in uncovering the issues in Nigeria’s political realm. We should not forget to state that the prolonged protest had also paved the way for criminal incidents happening all around the nation.
I once wrote recently that “without prejudice, the prolonged days of protest attracted unwanted elements.” The two weeks protest which began on a peaceful note on the 8th day of October 2020 till the twelfth day when protesters began to be attacked by hoodlums, protest began to be hijacked hoodlums, attack on security officers and many unpleasant scenes recorded and reported. These happenings reveal that we are also not too young to ruin.”
Looting, How did we get here?
Looting isn’t a new word to fellow Nigerians. It has always been a synonym for words such as embezzlement, mis-management of public funds, and many more.
It’s amazing that fellow Nigerians who have always been criticising the perpetrators of the so called popular “looting” could also engage in such horrific and embarrassing acts. It shows that we are doing this because we are not in control of resources.
Does this imply that, you and I are not better off than the corrupt leaders in the helm of affairs?
How did we get to that level?
Poverty and Greed.
According to Punch, the President’s media aide, Femi Adeshina, in an interview with Channels, raised that the protest was responsible for the looting and other crisis in the country.
“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,” he said.
According to the National Bureau of Statistics Q2 report on Unemployment and poverty rate in the country after the first wave of the coronavirus outbreak, it shows that over 13 million Nigerian youths are unemployed. This unemployment rate connotes according to Nairametrics an “increased insecurity and poverty a situation that is also seen as a ticking time bomb.” Surprisingly, the time bomb detonated in October 2020, with the crisis that followed the #EndSARS protest.
In the same vein, the Presidency confirms that the rate of poverty enhanced the “revival of looting” that occured all over the country. Hence, the need to hasten the commencement of poverty alleviation schemes through it N2.3 Trillion Economic Sustainable Plan, N25 billion Nigeria Youth Investment Fund and many more.
Anarchy, how did we get here?
One of the major reasons I love Government as a subject in my secondary school days was due to the fact that I can always relate it with happenings around me. But, interpreting anarchy/anarchism was not really successful until October 2020.
Wikipedia defines the term Anarchy as a “state of a society being freely constituted without authorities or a governing body.” Although, there still exist the presence of constituted authority across the nation, yet, the nation in the past few weeks appears as though Nigeria has no head.
Riots, crisis, and many unpleasant events envelope the nation which seems to me that everywhere is unsafe.
Police demoralised; Officers on Strike;
The police force and several law enforcement agency went on ‘strike,’ while disorderliness and lawlessness reign. They have claimed they are demoralised by the loss they incurred during the EndSARS unrest, hence, they can’t continue to put their lives in danger.
The Inspector General of Police now on a tour to boost the Morales of his demoralised officers. Nigerians have expressed distrust in their friend, the friend now feel dejected. Who will settle the dispute? When will Nigeria accept her friend again and entrust him with her safety again?