Peaceful Nigeria: After #EndSars Peaceful Protest turned Sour!

Olanike Adesanya
Posted October 30, 2020 from Nigeria

My vision for a Peaceful Nigeria still centre around Education for SELF RELIANCE. This will go a long way in building a Nation where Peace and  Justice shall reign. 

ENDSARS started so well and was going on so fine. Endsars is not about Police Brutality against youth alone. It includes Police brutality against the adults, the old and the aged alike. 

Endsars Speak Out is also about end corruption, end "Government" Selfishness and Bad governance. 

Endears is about Servicom, having the right to be served right. 

Endsars is an eye opener to happenings and occurrences around the people of Nigeria. 

I cannot actually say that Endsars is gone, Endsars is alive and the effect will forever live with all Nigerians, both the Government and the Subject. 

Isn't it funny that Nigeria has a special definition of Government? 

Yes, in Nigeria, the Government is a small group of people, membership not limited to any region, that rule the country and control the resources in a way to oppress non-members. 

That was exactly the wrongs Endsars Protest tried to right. But unfortunately, the good Project was hijacked, in some cases, by those who felt more oppressed than the Progenitors of ENDSARS. 

The youth persons that started the Protests are well educated. Large percentage of them have University Education in various degrees. Protest turned sour when, instead of them being attended to in a civil manner, they opened fire on the future of Nigeria, so sad. 

At that point, the real oppressed Community members, took over. 

A hungry man is angry man. He is a seat on a gun Powder. He is the next danger about to happen. 

Those who had been used to offload the comfort items and had been used to stock same in designated Storehouses; though, they were not not educated, they were either DROPOUT of Tracks or were just victims of Government non challant attitude towards giving them Education for SELF RELIANCE, but they were able to remember what much was stocked and how much of the stocked was given out to poor, What followed that was Looting and Vandalizing. 

Their anger was further triggered as they discovered more stocked up food item; and so, from looting and vandalizing, they moved on to utterly DESTRUCTION OF PUBLIC PROPERTIES, and the properties of the RICH, a few of them were still spared either because of their occasional generousity or because they needed more reinforcement to face them. I am sure, they are apprehensive. 

I observed that, apart from some state capitals, where the destruction was suspected to have tribal marks or Political incongruent, the degree of  vandalism and destruction Public Property is a factor of the level Education (of the youth or the perpetrators) in each Community. Also the extent of their "Ruler's" sensitivity to their needs. The rate of DROPOUTS and degree of general acceptability. 

Anger occurred when Hunger intercepted with Poverty at the angle of illiteracy.

My observation was hinged on the fact that, the few Youth that were gainfully engaged, privately or in the Government establishment still manoeuvre their ways to get to their daily duties. 

GODLINESS TOO, PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE PEACEFUL YOUTH. NOT ALL OF THEM WERE VIOLENT. 

Many effects of Endsars shall be felt  in the near future, hopefully because ALL service providers (public and private) shall discharge their duties as assigned: ENDSARS STILL SPEAK OUT in the hears of ALL. 

My general conclusion is IDLE HANDS, DEVILS WORKSHOP, on the part of the Hoodlums (no please, the angry guys). Not their faults in it's entirety. 

Bad governance and the Leaders INSENSITIVITY to the needs yearning and aspirations of the youth persons. 

COVID-19 PANDEMIC STAY AT HOME that kept the most of the youth persons out of their various institutions. 

I wish they were staying at home and staying safe though. 

THE SPEAK OUT GENERATION! ENDEAVOUR THAT YOU DON'T DROPOUT OR FALL OUT OF THE TRACKS, NO MATTER THE MATTER. 

GET ENGAGED LEGALLY. 

GET GOING ON... 

#ENDSARS#

Thank you. 

Olanike Adesanya. 

This story was submitted in response to Protests in Nigeria.

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Fanka
Oct 31, 2020
Oct 31, 2020

Hello dear, thanks for sharing. The situation in Nigeria is so sad. I can understand with you. It is the same thing we are experiencing in Bamenda Cameroon.

Olanike Adesanya
Oct 31, 2020
Oct 31, 2020

Very well dear Fanka.
Nigeria and Cameroon are sameline boundary Sisters.
We shall get there, one day soon.
Keeping hope Alive

Nini Mappo
Nov 02, 2020
Nov 02, 2020

Hello Adesanya,
I hope with you that Endsars will indeed continue to speak, and that what was sought will be at length delivered for a fair, peaceful Nigeria. It is really beyond belief what happened, but we have to hope for the best.
Stay safe.

Olanike Adesanya
Nov 02, 2020
Nov 02, 2020

Thank you Nini, for your concern.
Much❤️

Queen Sheba D Cisse
Nov 03, 2020
Nov 03, 2020

Dear Olanike,
thank you for writing this story that has caught International attention. #endsars hopefully continues to bring awareness on what exactly #endssars IS! Unfortunately many us of are aware of the racist discrimination from our own African government and Presidents to keep us systematically oppressed.
Keep writing and sharing my dear and #becomeaadvocate #againstviolence #endsarsnow!
Mama Queen

Olanike Adesanya
Nov 03, 2020
Nov 03, 2020

Thanks Mama Queen for your comments and love.
Much Love Mom

Queen Sheba D Cisse
Nov 03, 2020
Nov 03, 2020

likewise, sweetheart, xo! #Istandwithyou
Mama Queen

UCHE LIN
Nov 05, 2020
Nov 05, 2020

Thank you my dear sis for sharing about what really transpired with the #Endsars scenario. It's a way of creating awareness of police brutality and bad governance. Endsars shall continue to speak in every nook and cranny of Nigeria even the generations to come. The truth must prevail no matter how long it might takes.
We shall never relent in raising our voices. Peace and justice is what we're craving for, which is one of the United Nations' sustainable development goal. Living in Peace and harmony with good governance shall subdue Violence, blood shedding, bad governance, hording of palliatives, Misappropriate of public funds and unemployment!
May the souls of innocent protesters who died in the #LekkiTollgateMassacre rest in perfect peace Amen!

Olanike Adesanya
Nov 05, 2020
Nov 05, 2020

Thank you my Dear Sister.
You have said it so well.
Endsars is truly living with Us.
Much❤️

MUVUNYI FABIENNE
Nov 08, 2020
Nov 08, 2020

Thanks for sharing dear Alanike

Damilola Fasoranti
Nov 08, 2020
Nov 08, 2020

Thank you for sharing this, Olanike.

I caught this line, "A hungry man is an angry man. He is a seat on a gun Powder. He is the next danger about to happen."

Really, hunger can be linked to food and many other things. Anger can stem from so many things too, beyond food.

Like you highlighted in the first few lines, that Education for Self Reliance is way to go, I agree and I believe that the more we groom the skills, gifts and talents of the citizens, the easier it is for them to use their voice and energy to effect important grassroots and national changes.

#EndSars

Urmila Chanam
Nov 18, 2020
Nov 18, 2020

Dearest Olanike,
Even though there was a national security crisis, I believe this movement was necessary and in the right direction because people of Nigeria made their opinion matter to the arrogant government.
Keep marching ahead and thank you for writing and sharing with us on World Pulse where women from different nations, cultures, background and history unite to loo at our issues collectively, learn from each other and encouarge each other.
Much love and prayers from India,
Urmila Chanam