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#EndSARS and future of our democracy

Published by The Nation on Fri, 27 Nov 2020


Elle AdedoyinSIR: The aftermath of the #EndSARS protests sparked by emboldened Nigerian youths who dared to hold their leaders accountable has proved retributive for the protesters. The EndSARS movement started as a means to liberate Nigerian youths from police brutality and the excesses of SARS officials who extort money from hard-working youths or whoever they suspect to be a yahoo boy under the guise of questioning such persons.It is noteworthy that the government deflected from addressing every demands made by the entire populace ranging from good governance to putting an end to police brutality, disbandment of SARS and that justice is meted out to the victims of the atrocities committed by SARS officials. These demands were blatantly disregarded and in the wake of disbanding SARS, SWAT emerged.It is obvious to all, except the government, that this democracy is in a decline because youths havent only been denied access to opportunities, every attempt to exercise fundamental human rights including freedom of expression and movement has been stifled. With unjust arrests and remand of protesters and virile youths fleeing to seek greener pastures abroad, its dawning on Nigerians that the country is at the mercy of an imperious government.It reeks of distaste when the government of a democratic society prioritises the future of repentant Boko Haram insurgents over that of hardworking youths who labour for their daily bread. Yet, this is the sad reality in Nigeria and unrest has plagued the heart of individuals as to the future of the nation.Amnesty deals are offered to terrorists while citizens face the trigger should they dare to ask for accountability. It would seem the government is oblivious to the fact that such efforts are counterproductive to the fight against terrorism.In view of the consequences of the demonstrations, it is evident that the government took a proactive stance against subsequent requests for good governance and sustainable development.Yet, as uncertainty lurks in the present, hope beckons from the future in form of the 2023 elections when it is expected that democracy will resurrect and the power to choose will be relegated to the people as is the norm, but the questions arise: Should citizens wait till 2023 to take a stance' Is the change of candidates what counts or an entire overhaul of components that could contribute to the emergence of yet another dictatorial regime in 2023'Elle Adedoyin,Lagos.
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