Yes, they were asking for their rights, they were asking for ending of police brutality in Nigeria. They were peaceful, they were organized, they were carrying Nigeria flag, singing Nigeria Anthem when all of a sudden, the army came in Amour tank, as if they were going to 3rd World War and they were determined to finish the enemies. Alas like a horror film, they started shooting, shooting at our young ones, our tomorrow, that the only weapon in their hands was Nigeria flags.
It was a day I will never forget. As I was watching the horror film live, My BP went up to 200/125. It was as if I would not make it as my vision became blur and my heart beating as if it wanted to jump out of my chest. Blood of the innocent youth splashed everywhere at Lekki toll gate apart from the ones that have been killed in some other part of the country, some wounded were carried to the hospital and were rejected, some already dead and some were psychological crashed. 20-10-2020 was a black day. The youth was actually using the flags of Nigeria in their hand to wrap their blood.
I think during the protests, the Nigeria Government saw the passion of the youth, they saw their unity, they saw their love for one another, they knew it could be their undoing, it could be the end of their manipulations and impunity. They saw the qualities they do not posses in those young one and they decided they must stop them.
My son was a victim of SARS police brutality, He works in the bank and so he normally closes late from work. He was coming in his car that day when SARS Police stopped him and as a very cool-headed guy he is, he stopped immediately. They ordered him to come out of the car took his phone from him and begin to ransacked his car and phone. All effort to show them his ID card was to no avail. At last as they saw his ID card, they told him that they have to collect 100,000 naira from him or they will shoot him and put gun by his side that he is an Armed robber. Immediately they have put gone on his head and took him to a nearby ATM machine and took his hard-earned money from him. This is what the youth were protesting about, they want the federal government to take those criminals calling themselves police off the road. What triggered the protest was a young man that was killed by this SARS and they also took his car away.
To bring peace back to the country, the president has to come out physically and address the press on this issue and not recorded videos they always show us on the television. There must be a total reform of Police force and government monitoring their remunerations very well that it gets to them and not syphoned by their leaders. It is not a matter of SARS alone but the constitution of Nigeria seriously needs total reform, Nigeria needs a new constitution and then if we are still going to remain one entity, then we must all sit down and decide how we want to go about it. Peace may be impossible if the government of the day think it is still business as usual.