In the last two weeks, Nigerians have relentlessly made their voices heard. They have protested against police brutality, been brutalized in the process, lost innocent youths and still, they have remained hopeful.
Following the Lekki Toll Gate massacre and the looting that ensued both on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively, the president addressed the nation on Thursday evening concerning the events that have taken place in the last few days.
It has become necessary for me to address you having heard from many concerned Nigerians and having concluded a meeting with all the Security Chiefs.
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) October 22, 2020
Nigerians have expressed their hurt concerning the president’s omission of the Lekki massacre in his speech, saying that respect should have been paid to the lives that were lost and that their families should be compensated. Some youths have asked that the Lekki Tollgate Plaza be renamed and should be called Lekki Memorial Plaza, in honor of the lives that were lost there.
Although they may feel hurt, Nigerians have not let it consume them. Instead, So many Nigerians have started creating awareness, urging the youths to get their voter’s card ready for the next presidential election which should take place in 2023.
Some youths have started a movement for a new ‘Youth Democratic Party’, calling on other youths to join the movement.
One voice Nigeria. Our Plan B pic.twitter.com/MaJDIDkyJd
— Youth Democratic Party (@proudlyYDP) October 23, 2020
The funds which were raised for the protests, by Feminist Coalition are now being used to ensure that survivors are well taken care of.
Also, Nigerians in other countries such as Canada, UK, US, and many others, are still very much protesting peacefully on the streets demanding an end to police brutality, so yes, this fight is quite far from over.
In all, Nigerians have decided that the journey to a new Nigeria has just begun.
With #OneVoice, they are saying #ItIsNotFinished.
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