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We Will Never Forget | Adebayo Malumi

Exposition

WORD: “EndSARS”

PRONUNCIATION: End Police Brutality /ɛnd ˈpoʊ.liːs ˈbruːtəliːty/

ETYMOLOGY: From the English Language. A slogan created in 2017, as a tag for the movement against oppression and injustice.

DEFINITION: #EndSARS is a movement that began as a revolt against the extrajudicial activities, sporadic killings, injustice, and inhumane treatment meted out by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Police Force (SARS). This movement was a call to disband and dissolve the police unit in discourse. The movement however progressed as well to push for the stoppage of police brutality acts, and the total reformation of the police force. The movement began in 2017 as an outcry to the government, but it was met with a deaf ear. It then moved on to blow into a full-scale protest, when the SARS Police Unit increased the tenacity of their wrongdoings. This was because of the police bill passed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari, equipping any police officer with the right to search and arrest anyone, who they think committed, or is planning to commit a crime. What a Joke! This not only formed a nationwide large-scale protest, it also helped to unearth the cankerworms of hidden police injustice against civilians. 

WORD: “Soro Soke.”

PRONUNCIATION: Sọrọ Sókè

TRANSLATION: |Speak Up| /spiːk ʌp/

ETYMOLOGY: From the Yoruba Language.

DEFINITION: Here lies the battle cry that was resounded and resonated in the varying quarters of Nigeria, when the organizations entrusted with arms to protect, and power to discharge, chose to declare war upon innocent civilians. This was the charge that individuals passed on to another, both to the key figures in the society and to the lowest alike. A charge that called not to keep quiet, and to lend a voice in the struggle.

The EndSARS movement would forever be entrenched in the history books of Nigeria, as the impact it made, and the blows it dealt on the social, economic, cultural, and religious spheres of the country was staggering indeed.

To Speak of The Pros

Here lies the start of a revolution. Not just against the present issue at hand, but against anymore that may arise, against the wiles of inadequate leadership, against the corruption of government officials, against the oppression of the masses, against bad governance. Once more and again, the government was reminded that they are indeed accountable to a people. Once more and again, the people as well were reassured that their voice indeed does count when it’s amplified in voices. Not only was the police unit disbanded immediately, actions were made towards restitution to the affected, and prosecution for the erring. The movement showed that truly there could be unity in Nigeria. There was no culture, tradition, ideology, or religious belief. Everyone was united as one, still in their differences, but all with one voice. The movement brought the rise of organizations such as FEMINIST COALITION, which showed that effective orderliness and development can be achieved, with good governance. Social media wasn’t left out, as in this cause, it was channeled in the right direction to effect the desired results, with the usage of Twitter for awareness. Democracy was again revived in our country Nigeria.

To Speak of The Cons

Kiss for me the one who said: “everything has its advantages and disadvantages,” because he was indeed right. This movement as good as it was constructed to be, still wasn’t without its disadvantages. From the lies that were spread by government and civilians alike, to the foul play that was employed. We saw the rise of looters who worked under the guise of peaceful protesters, to perpetrate their evil acts, robbing innocent people of their hard-earned life’s work. We saw thugs and hoodlums deployed to tamper with the serendipity of the peaceful protests, and paint it as bad. We saw the murder and assault of policemen and soldiers. Who would forget the massacre at Lekki tollgate, when the government soiled the Nigerian flag. We indeed would never forget.

On Looking Back

The joy to know that this generation wasn’t the first to start a revolution, or to launch a protest. History has it that others before us have trodden such a path in a bid to air their views, fight for their rights, and make their voices count. From the Union Strikes led by PA Michael Imodu to the 1978 “Ali must go” riot, to the ANTI-SAP protest of 1989, to the June 12 riot where scores of young zealous students lost their lives. These protests over the past times have yielded positive results, though for some not immediately, but in the long run. A lesson to be learned is to never keep quiet over injustice or bad governance. The journey for a better Nigeria seems would be forged through a series of necessary agitations. 

Denouement

To every beautiful plot written, there is always an ending. To mine, I wish to give a forecast to what will be after these many things. The protest reminded us again that the man that is pushed to the wall for too long, will one day turn, and face his aggressor. This here is survival. I see more revolutions, more struggles, both physically, and mentally wise as well. The people now know their rights, we know the power of our voices. We are ready to fight, we are no longer unready to die. I see a better Nigeria, I see freedom. I see independence. Not from colonial masters, but from colonial leaders, who have kept us in bondage for this many years. Soon and very soon I say again, I see a better Nigeria.

Biography

Adebayo Malumi Oluwafemi is an 18-year-old Nigerian. He has been writing for a year now. His flair for writing began after he read William Golding’s Lord of the Flies. He describes himself as different, divergent, and diversified. His personality finds its way into his writing and writing style, influencing the content he creates. He loves to create unique and different writing content from the norms and clichés we have in the literary world of the present. He dreams to win the Nobel Prize for literature someday and influence the wider world with his writing.