The President's Speech

Chinyere Kalu
Posted October 29, 2020 from Nigeria

It is no longer news that Nigeria has been in turmoil due to the young people's protest against police brutality.

And the killing of innocent unarmed Nigerian protesters by men of the Nigerian Army too has also gone viral.

What is news is that the president did not deem it fit to address the nation immediately. After being cajoled by the National Assembly, eminent Nigerians he reluctantly came on air to speak to the nation but kept mute on the wasted young lives 48 hours before.

Many had hope the speech will sooth the grieve that had pervaded the nation but no, he added salt to our injury making  the youth( hoodlums now) take  to the streets in anger to destroy private and government property.

The country began to boil all over again with hoodlums attacking policemen, police stations , politicians' homes and carting away just anything found in their homes. All these leading to extended curfew times yet defiled by angry hoodlums

Our leaders before now have been insensitive to the plight of Nigerians but with this mass revolt, they seem to be jittery and afraid that they may have over stretched the citizens' patience.

Hurriedly ,they are setting up probe panels to try erring policemen , setting up youth funds for entrepreneur to draw funds from and creating jobs for the youth 

We are watching to see how sincere these measures are .

But whatever happens,Nigeria will never remain the same as the younger generation are now fully awake and ready to take up the mantle of leadership by getting involved in politics leading to the campaign for every eligible young person to get the permanent voters card in preparatory to the 2023 election 

Meanwhile, they have decided to also work under ,setting up structures and sensitizing the uneducated amongst them on the need for a change of leadership guard in Nigeria.

They believe by getting involved they will ensure good governance and that the dead will not have died in vain.

Peace is gradually returning to most affected parts of the country.

Hopefully,this birth pang will birth a new nation 

This story was submitted in response to Protests in Nigeria.

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Tamarack Verrall
Oct 29
Oct 29

Dear Chinyere,
Hope for the future lies with the collective thinking and courage for action of young people who care for their country, for fairness, and for all who have been treated badly. It is because of World Pulse sisters like you that so many of us now know what is happening there. "Hopefully, this birth pang will birth a new nation". I hope for safety and strong bonds as your voices grow strong with each other.

Nini Mappo
Oct 30
Oct 30

Hello Chinyere,
I weep for Nigeria, and raise my hope with you all for the birth of a new Nigeria where the youth are a valued resource, where there lives will never be again sacrificed at the alter of irresponsible governance, and peace is the currency .
Love in solidarity.

Olanike Adesanya
Oct 30
Oct 30

Nigerian All, really bled in these periods.
May God's speaks peace upon our land. That's the speech that matters.
Let's the spirit to end brutality against humanity continue.

Corine Milano
Nov 02
Nov 02

Thank you Chinyere for your post. I'm writing to let you know that World Pulse will be quoting your story on a social media post, to help amplify the voices of women leaders in Nigeria on this important and urgent topic.

Please follow us on Instagram @WorldPulse and watch for it - we're happy to help get your words and message out into the world. Thank you again for bravely sharing your story. We are with you!