Today is a very emotional day- for myself and millions of Nigerians around the world; simply because this day reminds us of the pain and hopelessness we feel as youths in Nigeria. This time last year, I remember the fear that coursed through me as I watched tragic clips and Instagram lives of the massacre of young people living in Nigeria perpetrated by the Nigerian government via their law enforcement agencies.
I believe that no matter how little your platform may seem, it does pay to speak up. So, this is me standing in solidarity with the lives that were lost fighting for justice in Nigeria on the 20th of October 2020. As hopeless as things may seem now, I do believe in looking for the positives in seemingly bleak situations.
1) I believe that little drops of water do eventually pile up. These steps we’ve taken, no matter how insignificant they may seem, will one day add up to birth the justice we’ve sought for so long.
2) The End Sars protest showed a side to Nigerian youths that had never been shown in the media- It showed Nigerian youths and Nigerians in general as a unified people who could come together regardless of tribal, religious, or political differences, to boldly speak up against bad governance and even go as far as sacrificing their lives for the cause.
3) There was a glimmer of hope that was born seeing people like DJ Switch, Falz, other celebrities, Arise Tv correspondents, and so on, speak up regardless of the consequences. This went to show that the present-day youth who are the future leaders have grown completely tired of the status quo and are ready to do whatever it would take to see the change we so desperately pray for materialize.
In honor of the lives that were lost on this day one year ago, I write this in confidence that their sacrifice will not be in vain and one day, Nigeria will be a country that we will be proud to call home.
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