I understand the fear of many about leadership selling out. That fear is valid especially with our experience in this nation. There is a huge deficit of trust in leadership. Nevertheless, no movement can go far without a proper leadership.
Leadership will provide focus, direction and vision- otherwise what was supposed to be a movement will be nothing more than a mob action. In a mob, too many cooks will spoil the broth.
There are 3 main scenarios that can arise from this development where there is no leadership.
1. The protest may be hijacked

This is a very likely event especially if someone with an agenda, good money and a great strategy comes on the scene. This will be a repeat of the June 12 agitation where people who didn’t even participate became the ultimate beneficiaries.
Alternatively, the protest may be disrupted. This is in a bid to lead to a situation of unrest and have a legitimate reason to stop further protests. This is not a new strategy but if the protesters are not careful, they will fall into this trap.
2. Government will choose leaders for the protest

Leadership cannot exist in a vacuum. This is what was attempted at the zoom meeting. Choose selected few to speak on behalf of the protesters. It’s a strategy to divide and conquer.
Whoever chooses your mouthpiece can never allow free speech.
3. The protest has thrown up natural leaders who need to be adopted and harmonized effectively.

There are a few leaders thrown up by the protest- Rinu, Aisha Yesufu, Falz, Runtown, Davido, FK Abudu, Moe and a few others.
Draft in Sega Awosanya who ran with the #endsars idea when it wasn’t even mainstream and Abdul Mahmud (Oracle). Let Sega lead the team while Oracle will provide necessary legal support. Let this team appoint coordinators across all the States where this movement is going on.
They will provide direction and focus for the protest. They will also properly harmonize and articulate the demands with clear timelines and action plan.
With leadership, the movement can snowball into a major platform where political decisions can be taken. It can also move on to other critical areas of our national life.

Leadership is key. Ignore at your own peril.

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