20th October 2020: A day no Nigerian should forget
This is the first time in my life I’ve had to witness such unwarranted violence especially on people without arms. I didn’t know how to use twitter well before the last two weeks but I not only learnt how to use this tool but also appreciate it. I wonder what the narrative would be if people were not witness to the fact that the arm of government that is supposed to protect us and maintain law and order decide to turn the street into a shooting range.
The Lekki toll gate was filled with protesters who just want a better justice system, what is so wrong about that? I joined DJ Switch IG live and saw just what they were going through, I can’t imagine how scared and brave these people are, to be able to stand their ground despite the shots and the intimidation of the Nigerian army. The clip that broke my heart was one that showed the protesters singing the national anthem while they were being shot at.
People died, bodies declared missing, people injured and yet the Lagos government and the Nigerian army had the guts to lie about this. First, it is shameless to deny something that over two hundred thousand people witnessed, then it is disrespectful to the dead to shamelessly deny and say lies about the event. The Army went from denying the event, to accusing the clips of “photoshop”, to saying they were there to ensure that the curfew demands were met to admitting and saying they were sent by the governor of Lagos state, Uncle Sanwo.
“After visiting hospitalized casualties a day after the incident (21 October 2020), the governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-olu, initially denied any loss of life by gunfire, but later admitted that two persons were killed] Amnesty International stated that at least 12 protesters were killed in what the organisation described as “extrajudicial executions”.
Even Wiki knows that Nigerian politics and government is just dirty, shameless business. We just wanted to #EndSARS, it is the bare minimum request, way too many terrible stories about victims, we are the people, what’s so bad about needing to feel safe, “Nigerians shared stories and video evidence of how members of SARS were engaged in kidnapping, murder, theft, rape, torture, unlawful arrests, humiliation, unlawful detention, extrajudicial killings, and extortion in NigeriaSARS officers have been alleged to profile youths based on fashion choices, mount illegal road blocks and searches, conduct unwarranted temperature checks, arrest without warrant, rape women, and extort young Nigerians for driving luxury cars and using expensive electronics.”
According to witnesses, the army refused to even allow medical aid for the injured protesters, We are tired of bad governance, we want better opportunities for ourselves, we want to live and not just survive, we are saying give us a chance, enough is enough!!!