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Sunday 29 November 2020

#EndSARSReloaded: Evaluating the efficacy of the Nigerian youths

By Eluwa Chidiebere Chinazu | Biafra Writers 

November 29, 2020

During the #EndSARS protests, a plateful of potentials of the Nigerian youths was demonstrated for the world to see. To start with, the Twitter account of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) was hacked alongside the website of the Nigeria Police Force by the angry youths. The EFCC and INEC websites were not left out.

Still on that, both the Dstv and Gotv channels were hacked as evident in the Twitter comments of their subscribers.  We saw defenseless youths who were able to invade police stations, discover and invade the warehouses harbouring  corona virus palliatives. These and lots of other things which played out in that two weeks of protest defined their herculean rough side.

The government may have succeeded in chasing them back to their homes by unleashing on them the murderous military, but is the problem solved or the rage of the Nigerian youths aggravated?

When one thought they have been cowed into submission, they resurfaced again with different hashtags #WeMove, #EndSARSReloaded #SoroSoke.  "We are coming," they say.

As the Nigerian youths have set December 7th, 2020, as the day they will return to the streets protesting, the world is now watching how the Nigerian government will approach the issue again especially now that the world giant media houses are reporting it.

What does the Nigerian youths mean by "we are coming?" of course they understand that the government which chose to annihilate them is not ready to heed their voices. What other option is left for the devastated youths? Violent engagement it seems. But they need the government to push them again, hence #WeMove. 

The French revolution that was a turning point event in modern European history had a semblance of this one. When the French people were dissatisfied with their king’s extravagant life and bad economic policies, youths expressed their anger on the government. They first rioted. Secondly, they looted and thirdly, they struck.

The Nigerian youths have rioted and have also looted. Let their next move not be what I am thinking because its calamities will be unheard of in the world. Yet again, someone looks ready to provoke them.

Dialogue now.

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Edited By Nelson Ofokar Yagazie

Publisher: Eluwa Chidiebere Chinazu 

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