Sometimes I've flashbacks to 1992/93. I was in the university, young and reckless. We protested on the streets for democracy confronting soldiers who had no qualms using us as target practice. That I didn't get shot or come home to my parents in a box was but for the grace of God
If I tell my parents what I did then or where i went to protest, they'll cringe...hell even I still cringe today when I remember. There was no social media then. There were no hashtags. There was no Jack to help us raise funds or amplify our voice but we confronted evil and won.
Supo Shasore "Journey of an African Colony" made us understand that the independence we got in 1960 was off the back of protest like the Aba women's riot in 1929 and the Enugu Coal workers strike/massacre in 1949. In 1978, students had reason to demand that "Ali Must Go" after...
...the Military increased cost of meals by 50kobo. At least 9 students paid the ultimate sacrifice when they mobilised to face the military demanding for a reversal. It was on the back of this history that our generation fought in the 90s to demand for democracy however imperfect
The half baked democracy you enjoy today didn't come on the platter of Gold, it was fought for by the same older generation you despise. The goal has always been to strive towards a more perfect union. The current generation will play its part just like the older generation did.
My generation's battle was democracy. A battle we'ld never have been able to fight had the battle for independence not been fought & won. Yes we weren't bequeathed a perfect union. Yes it was truncated at some point. But we fought to make democracy not just an idea but mainstream
When you get out there to protest or trend #EndSARS be thankful you didn't have to protest or trend #EndMilitaryRule or #BringBackOurDemocracy. Because as flawed as the process may be that battle has already been won. It is now left to u to add to the Union a new instalment of..
...respect for human rights, respect for the dignity of man and labour, Justice, Equity, Accountability, Transparency and Inclusion.

God bless 🇳🇬

And may the generation coming after you find reason to appreciate your effort today to make their Union way more perfect.

Correction* 'Aba Women's Protest' and not 'Aba Women's Riot'. "Riot" is the language of the colonial oppressor.

Thanks to @naijama for pointing this out to me.

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