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16 Oct, 11 tweets, 3 min read

From the reaction of the leadership of the Senate, the ongoing agitation for a new Nigeria loses its essence following the acceptance and implementation of the “demands” of End-SARS-Movement.
I arrived at this interpretation after reflecting on the Thursday 15 October 2020 call by the President of the Senate, Mohammed Lawal for protesters to stop the movement to redemption having gained the confidence of government to disband the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Speaking in the senate, he argues:

“The government has responded, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad has been disbanded. All the five demands of the protesters have been accepted... I believe that when protesters’ demands are met, their goals should have been achieved. Therefore,
there’s need for our compatriots to go back home and give government the chance to quickly and expeditiously implement those demands.”

His conclusion leads me to question his intention and understanding of movements as this. Anyway, he is not used to a people’s resolve for
redemption having being part of a political leadership that have shortchanged the people for too long.
Nigerians are in the street fighting for a country different from the one where SARS operatives under the guise of investigating crime, rob, kill their victims extra-judicially.
That this went on for years under the open eyes of the political leadership confirms the blindness of those aimlessly parading the corridors of power. By their blindness they lack the visionary instinct to save the people from poverty and despair. Due to the severity of their
visual impairment, they plunged the north into violence and made the country a place of blood, corruption and hate.
That Senator Lawal rebels against a people on a mission to save themselves from destruction, shows how ordinary his leadership has become. How can he feel that by
merely dissolving SARS, things have suddenly become well and the agitators can return home and await the goodness that will come from a leadership class made for the destruction of national unity, peace and progress. That the senate president pretends that this is just about SARS
shows his limited knowledge of the moment.
Let’s not pretend, it has gone beyond the question of SARS.
It has to be.
Can somebody educate the Senator Lawal on this?
As they plot to distract angry Nigerians with cosmetic measures of police reform, a wind of change blows from the
hearts of oppressed Nigerians. The earlier the political leadership began comprehending the implication of recent events, the better for the state or it will lead to a mass discontent never seen in Africa.
The time for the rebirth of Nigeria is now and anyone who dares to
stampede it will be blown away. The option for the political leadership is to come down from their Olympian height, bow to the will of the people, and unite with protesters to reshape the structure of the state and birth a nation bound in freedom, peace and unity.


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