Broken down to its essence, the #EndSARS protests are really about the #righttolife of citizens. It raises the largely ignored question(in Nigeria) of capital punishment.
Given our rather bloody history, if we want to really change the National orientation as regards the sanctity of life,we should elevate the conversation. Does the State have the right to take life in any circumstance? Should we still have the death sentence in our laws? #EndSARS
As we begin to talk about reforms, we should note that reforms would need to be based on a mutually agreed values. What is the value we place on human life as a people?#EndSARS #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigera
Personally, I think theState-as a product of the Social Contract- is an artificial construct & shouldn’t be able to end a life. Any society that legitimizes that takes something away from its humaneness, that’s how we got here. #EndSARS #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigera
These are the conversations this generation needs to have, to lay the foundation for a sustainable new dispensation in Nigeria. If the foundations aren’t fixed, whatever is built will suffer from the rot that is intrinsic to our common paradigms. #EndSARS #ENDBADGOVERNANCE
A commonly held set of values feeds into the democratic process ‘cos it allows us calibrate the selection process.People will lean to the left, center, or right of an issue- since we aren’t clones.then people coalesce around their matrix of alignment. #EndSARS #EndSWAT
That’s how REAL political parties and pressure groups come to being.Not the alphabet soup gangs of thieves we have masquerading as such today. Then we can ask hard questions of candidates, ‘cos there’d be a reference template. Not ‘I will build boreholes & bridges’ #EndSARS
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16 Oct
Dear 🇳🇬 40+ constituency...

I was asked to deliver a message to you all

From the irritating group of lazy jobless youth that have caused you some hardships on the roads the past week...

They have heard that some of you are angry about the roadblocks
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and inconveniences imposed upon you by the street protests...

For what it’s worth, they offer this explanation....

People have died. Fathers. Mothers. Brothers. Sisters. Children. Cousins. Friends. Colleagues.

Died at the hands of a rogue police force
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overseen by an unfeeling political class & observed passively by a barely surviving middle aged middle class, broken by years of military oppression.

It can’t continue.

Enough!

You might be afraid, but they’re not, & they don’t hold it against you...
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