Writing

THE MESSAGE IS SIMPLE-END SARS!!

Nigeria!!! A country I love so much and yet hate at the same time. A country that I want to abandon but can’t because at heart, I will always be Nigerian. I have told myself over and over that ‘surely things will get better’ but they’re only getting much worse.

The Special Anti-Robbery Squad, created to protect citizens and make them feel safer, has turned to a terrorist group. Harassing, Stealing, Raping, Killing and committing all sorts of atrocities while wearing uniforms. Ask any Nigerian their experience with SARS and the stories will break your heart. If you don’t know any Nigerian, check the #EndSARS hashtag on Twitter and you’ll see the stories, you’ll hear how the hearts of Nigerians are bleeding.

Nigeria is a country that has failed its citizens. We struggle with bad roads, little or no electricity in most areas, corruption, no infrastructure, low income and several other things and all we ask for is just to be left alone to survive in peace but this organization and even the Nigerian Police Force won’t let us. You can’t leave your house looking good or fresh, you can’t own an iPhone, you can’t own a good car or even drive one,you can’t have dreadlocks, tattoos or wear funky clothes, people are pulled over for the most absurd reasons, even when they’re in taxis.

Every minute you step outside, you’re scared that you might not return home. Even in our homes, we are no longer safe as some of these men raid houses too.

We have cried so much and now, we are refusing to take it anymore. We are tired of the brutality and fighting for an end to SARS, an end to this brutal organization and the reform of the entire Police Force.

Some people say they shouldn’t be ended but reformed and I ask “What is there to reform in SARS?”

They’re all just a bunch of trigger happy people! Even when the government said we are allowed to have peaceful protests, they still opened fire on the citizens and some have lost their lives. During all of this, the government and the media are silent. The people who should speak up for us are silent.

My heart has been heavy for the past few days and I tried not to get deeply involved in the entire movement but I couldn’t help it. If this doesn’t end now, who will it be tomorrow? Will it be me, you, a family member or a friend? NOBODY IS SAFE!!

If they don’t end SARS, we all know that the killings will increase a thousand fold. More people will be silenced and nothing will happen. We will basically be in a hell more scorching than the one we already live in. One thing is for sure, we can’t lose this fight. We can’t protest for one day and go back to sleep, we can’t lose our voices and we can’t lose faith either.

So please everyone, lend your voices to the protest in any way you can. You don’t have to take to the streets if you don’t want to, you can lend your voice online. Tweet with all the hashtags relating to the movement, Retweet aggressively too until more people realize what’s going on.

You can donate to accounts set up to help with the injured during the protest, you can also donate so that the protesters have steady supply of food and water.

We all need to come together on this one.

To Jimoh Isiaq and all the people who lost their lives during the protest, your deaths will not be in vain. Rest well!!

I am Nigerian and I say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! END SARS NOW!!!! REFORM THE POLICE FORCE AND LOOK AFTER THE CITIZENS YOU SWORE TO SERVE AND PROTECT!!!!!!

 

 

One Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.