written by Bukunmi Akinshipe

October 8 – October 14, 2020

Days 01 – 07: In The Beginning Was A Protest

I’m unsure what the actual trigger is, but apparently, enough is enough.

The Nigerian youths are exhausted.

We have decided an end must come to the harassment and killings we face daily from the SARS Unit. 

 

The protests have built on strongly and it is amusing to see the physical turnout. 

The support and cooperation we have pulled together are also mind-blowing.

 

After a couple of days of loudly, clearly, and peacefully stating our requests, the federal government claims to have disbanded the SARS unit and replaced it with a SWAT unit.

 

It is imperative to state that over the last couple of years, this same line of action has been taken with no visible end to police brutality.

Different words, same subject, no effect. 

It has obviously just been an audio dissolution.

This leaves much cause for doubt in the present situation.

We press on with our further demands for the reform of the police sector. 

 

October 15, 2020

Day 08: Twitter Is Down

The protests continue nationwide.

New states join daily.

More donations, pledges of support, and refreshments come in.

Today, I hear and see video evidence showing thugs sent by the government to attack suspected protesters (Alausa, Lagos State). 

In the evening, Jack’s Twitter decides to take a break on us in Nigeria. Thankfully, Twitter comes back online later and our activism resumes. We now have our EndSARS emblem too.

 

October 16, 2020

Day 09: Today, We Remember. 

The protests continue today. 

 

The feminist coalition involved with collecting and disbursing funds for the protest has raised close to 60 million naira now. There’s also a protest on the notorious Lagos-Ibadan expressway. The roads are blocked to the teeth.

 

Tonight, there is a memorial service in honor of the victims of the SARS brutality. 

Tears flow freely. 

Emotions run wild. 

Candles are raised high.

Memories are shared.

It is such a powerful moment.

I hear the story of Chijioke and I can’t help the outpour of emotions I feel. I wonder about how much worse it is for his close family and friends.

 

This service reminds us of why we fight. 

Of why we protest.

Of why we donate. 

Of why we organize.

We’re thus strengthened to continue our mission.

Photo Credit : twitter

October 17, 2020

Day 10: Another Bloodshed + Some Good News

 

Today in Osun State, I hear of an uproar between the protesters and the government. We hear that people have been murdered and several more badly injured. It is heartbreaking. I hope the situation stabilizes soon enough. We don’t want anything discrediting our movement.

But there’s a piece of good news still:

The protests are making waves nationwide and globally. 

We now have a helpline: 017001755

It attends to medical, legal, food, supplies, and related services. 

This is progress for us. I can’t be more proud. 

 

October 18, 2020

Day 11: Queer Lives Matter

Today, there broke out this conversation on Twitter.

 

Let us remember that we’re in this together and no person’s safety or rights ought to be compromised, irrespective of your personal beliefs and reservations.

We move. 

 

October 19, 2020

Day 12: Prison Break

I’m upset this morning. There have been reports of killings, extortions, and gruesome sexual abuse of women in Benin, Edo State. The state is in pandemonium and the protests have certainly been hijacked for nefarious purposes.

 

There is also a certainly hilarious prison outbreak that has been pinned as a work of the protesters. This is a highly laughable move indeed.

 

October 20, 2020

Day 13: Black Tuesday: The Lekki Massacre

The Governor of Lagos state has today declared an emergency 24-hour curfew at such an odd period.

In the evening of this fateful day, soldiers with sophisticated guns are released into the venue of the Lekki protests. It is alleged that earlier on, the security cameras at the Lekki Tollgate had been disconnected. The street lights that normally flood the area are nowhere to be seen. 

Then the assault begins. It is gruesome and terrific and monstrous, that a government in a democratic era would release the military upon her citizens to be murdered and injured in such an unjustifiable manner.

It is indeed a Black Tuesday as pictures and videos of the varying degrees of harm and injury inflicted upon the Nigerian citizens circulate.

 

We will not forget what the Nigerian Government did to its citizens that were peacefully protesting injustice. We will not forget. 

 

May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. 

May their families and friends have the fortitude to bear this great loss. 

 

October 21, 2020

Day 14: We Mourn (+ More Chaos)

I’m upset and there’s much grief in my heart.

The events of the last 24 hours have been nothing short of horrifying.

I can’t even begin to fathom the extent of the damage done. 

I observe the lootings, burning, shootings, and more deaths that occur today. 

This country is in a dire state.

Photo Credit : Akintunde Akinleye

October 22, 2020

Day 15: The Aftermath(+ What Next)

 

We’ve been clamoring for the President to address us.

Our President speaks today. 

Let’s just say the summary of the message is a sorry case.

I can see the lies and deceit that the government officials have sworn to engage in.

It is a mess. 

 

October 23, 2020

Day 16 and Beyond: The Journey Continues

As the lootings and wanton destruction of properties continue, I observe everyday as new COVID-19 palliative warehouses are discovered. This country is a joke. These palliatives ought to have been given out to cushion the effects of the virus on the citizens of the country but alas!

With every new day, I see more and more tales pour out, exposing the wickedness of the people at the top in Nigeria. It is with such pain and disdain I observe, as they lie through their teeth, cook up falsehood and attempt to disprove irrefutable evidence all in a bid to cover up the disastrous result of their actions.

We as Nigerian youths observe.

It is saddening how this has turned out.

Our spirits are dampened but we will not relent.

We retreat to restrategize and come back stronger. 

This is not the end indeed, for us the Nigerian Youths.

Nigerian Government, This is not the end. 

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October 8 - October 14, 2020 Days 01 - 07: In The Beginning Was A Protest Unsure what the actual trigger is, but apparently, enough is enough. The Nigerian youths are exhausted. An end must come to the harassment and killings we face daily from the SARS Unit. The protests have built on strongly and it is amusing to see the physical turnout. The support and cooperation we have pulled together is also mind-blowing. After a couple of days of loudly, clearly, and peacefully stating our requests, the federal government claims to have disbanded the SARS unit and replaced it with a SWAT unit. It is imperative to state that over the last couple of years, this same line of action has been taken with no visible end to police brutality. Different words, same subject, no effect. It has obviously just been an audio dissolution. This leaves much cause for doubt in the present situation. Pressing on with further demands for the reform of the police sector. October 15, 2020 Day 08: Twitter Down The protests continued nationwide. New states join daily. More donations, pledges of support, and refreshments come in. Today, I hear and see video evidence showing thugs sent by the government to attack suspected protesters (Alausa, Lagos State). In the evening, Jack's Twitter decides to take a break on us in Nigeria. Thankfully, Twitter comes back online later and our activism resumes. We now have our EndSARS emblem too. October 16, 2020 Day 09: Today, We Remember. The protests continue today. The feminist coalition involved with collecting and disbursing funds for the protest has raised close to 60 million naira now. There's also a protest on the notorious Lagos-Ibadan expressway. The roads are blocked to the teeth. Tonight, there is a memorial service in honour of the victims of the SARS brutality. Tears flow freely. Emotions run wild. Candles are raised high. Memories are shared. It is such a powerful moment. I hear the story of Chijioke and I can't help the outpour of emotions I feel. I wonder about how much worse it is for his close family and friends. Read More via Link in Bio 🎥: @bidcreates

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