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I Am Nigerian And My Country Needs You

I am Nigerian, and My country needs You. Hey everyone, I hope you are well. In case you don’t know, I am Nigerian, and My country needs You. I repeat – I am Nigerian, and my Country needs You. Why? What is happening? That is what I am struggling to put in words. What is happening is a disgrace and an embarrassment to Nigeria, to Africa and the World. At this time and age, this should not be happening, but it is, and we need you. The country you love is on fire. We need you your support. The whole world needs to hear this.

When I first heard about what is happening, I must confess – I laughed. I didn’t believe it because this is not a brand-new thing; it has been happening for years, decades upon decades. It has been happening before I was born, before my parents, my grandparents, my great-great-grandparents and my great-great-great-grandparents. So, what’s changed? I laughed because I thought this was happening because of the Black Lives Matter protests. However, after doing research, watching interviews and listening to countless complains and stories from the Nigerian public in Nigeria. It turns out that I was wrong, and I had to say something.

I am Nigerian, and My country needs You.

What is happening?

The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) is a Nigerian Police Force unit created in late 1992 to deal with crimes associated with robbery, motor vehicle theft, kidnapping, cattle rustling, and firearms. Unfortunately, this has expanded to a whole new level of ‘Protection’ for the citizens. We no longer running away from criminals; we are running away from SARS. Like how does that makes sense?

I could say this is just a protest against police brutality and we need your support to stand against it. No. This not just a protest against police brutality. This is much bigger than that. It is war. War against the Nigerian government by Nigerians all over the world.

Nigeria is Hungry

Nigeria is hungry, depressed, sad and exhausted. The country is getting weaker and weaker, and we Nigerians are tired of all the corruptions. Nigerians are the most well-known citizens in the universe. There is no country you will go to in the world, that there will not be a Nigerian. We have Nigerian-South African, Nigerian-Koreans, Nigerian-Chinese, Nigerian-American, Nigerian-Russian, Nigerian-Polish, Nigerian-British, Nigerian – Australian, Nigerian-Indian. The list goes on.

You know why? This is because Nigerians are special people. We are hard-working, streetwise, loud, happy, caring, and industrial people. I believe you have not struggled as much as Nigerian have. It is said that if you have lived and survived in Nigeria, you can live anywhere in the world. BLM talks about privileges against the white people, the whole world, including Nigeria, took part. Now, we need your support.

Let’s talk Corruptions

There are a lot of corruptions in the world between world leaders, and in most cases, leaders listen to their citizens and make changes. However, in Nigeria is a totally different story:

  • We are still hungry
  • There’s no electricity
  • No Education
  • No Health services
  • Lack of security services
  • Lack of Jobs
  • No transportation patrols
  • Crime rates increasing
  • Death rates increasing

There are so much that needs to get done. I hope this will be the start of making progress. Nigerians have been able to adapt and manage to work our way through it all. Enough is Enough; we can not carry on like this. We need changes, and we demand changes.

Enough is Enough

We just celebrated our 60th Independence Day 2 weeks ago, and there were no celebrations due to Lockdown, hunger and lack of electricity. We have nothing to show after 60 years of standing on our own two feet, and we cannot carry on like this. I personally can not believe the experience I had on my trip to Nigeria in 2019. I spoke about it in my Summer in Nigeria post. It was exactly in the same conditions as I left it over 20 years ago. It was like I never left. And now we are dealing with brutality from the people who are at least supposed to keep us safe.

It turns out that S.A.R.S are hungry too. They are human-beings too. They have families to feed just like every Nigerians. To the point that they are willing to go to any length to get fed. Who knows what orders were given to them by the government in the first place? As I said earlier, Nigerians are clever people. But my brothers and sisters, you can’t fool a fellow Nigerian. We will eventually catch up at the end of the day. And I guess that day is today.

Seriously, how could you possibly think you can steal from any members of the public properties and possessions, and end up killing us one after the other and think we will not catch up? Aren’t you ashamed of yourself for discriminating against your own people? Who is going through the same thing you are going through daily. What is the gain from it? Only for as little as 20 Naira, you killed a father. A man who has been working very hard to provide for his family. You seem to forget that no man comes back alive once you pull the trigger. What do you gain from it? How much money do you get per head? Lower down your weapons.

The Government

I am ashamed of our government. How can you sit there and do nothing about this whole thing?  After 60 years in power, you have nothing to show. Rather, you are all making things worse seconds by seconds, minutes by minutes, hours by hours, days by days, weeks by weeks, months by months, years by years. For 60 years!! There are 60 years of bloodshed in your hands, 60 years of innocent hungry children, 60 years of the failed education system, 60 years of the poor health care system, 60 years empty employment promise, 60 years of lack of Electricity and Security. What is going on? What exactly are you doing?  If you refuse to listen to us when we cry out loud about our desperate needs for basic needs as human beings, then at least help us stay alive. We did not make you our government to kill us.

How can you let this happen in the first place? You hire a bunch of desperate men to work under you to ‘protect’ the public without giving them proper training. S.A.R.S don’t know what they are doing. They don’t even know how to target or use a gun. They don’t even know the difference between a criminal and an innocent member of the public. Your own people are killing each other, even the rich, celebrities, politicians and veterans who fought in the war. Now the country they fought so hard for so that you can be where you are today, have all been a victim of S.A.R.S. The Nigerian Government is a disgrace. There are people, your people dying every single day. You should be ashamed of yourselves for calling yourselves a Nigerian Government.

We deserve better than this.

Nigeria Needs You

I am sorry this was a very long post. Obviously, I had a lot to say. I have been waiting for the protest to stop, but it looks like it’s not going to stop anytime soon. This movement is long overdue. I am glad to use my platform to help share and support this movement.

If you’re wondering how best to support the end SARS movement, here are a few tips for what to do online and off-line. ⁠

AMPLIFY:

  • Keep sharing stories of those affected by SARS.
  • Sign Petitions HERE
  • Use your voice and platforms to amplify theirs.

DONATE:

  • Make monetary donations to @feminist.co.

PROTEST:

  • If you can, join protests in Nigeria and across the world.
  • When protesting, wear your mask, stay hydrated and safe.

For more information, check out the Feminist Coalition

follow @feminist.co’s page on Social Media network.

Don’t forget to use #ENDSARS.

God bless Nigeria.

18 Comments

  • Kat

    I saw some headlines about this and it’s shocking. So sorry that your country is going through this. The list of ways to help is very helpful and I’m sure it will inspire action in many of us who otherwise wouldn’t be so aware of the issue.

  • Nkem

    I’m also Nigerian and sick to my stomach and in my mind about these atrocities in Nigeria. I really have no words and don’t want to waste my thoughts on anything trite. Well done though for your efforts.

  • Britt K

    I have been reading a lot about this lately after reading about it in another blog post. It was eye-opening! I didn’t realize just how much Nigerians were struggling because it wasn’t being discussed openly here in Canada (or, at least, not in the circles that I was living in). That being said, I am glad to see that there are an increasing number of people starting the conversation, shedding light on these horrors and calling for change. The fact that the government continues to allow this to happen without intervention is, in my opinion, disgusting.

  • Subhashish Roy

    I am hopeful that with efforts such as one that you are putting will bear fruit in a positive way. We can keep praying that the ill is eliminated and good deeds from people who matter transform Nigeria to a happy nation.

  • Deb B

    What a powerful post. Thank you for providing ways to support the end of the SARS movement to help in the best way we can. Often, we don’t even know where to start… which makes your post that much more imperative to share!

  • Darla

    Even though I am a blogger, I try to completely avoid the news because US media is so ridiculous and tries to incite anxiety. I feel very close-minded that I didn’t know anything about this. It is sad to hear that things are so unfair in Nigeria. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I will try to help amplify your message!

  • Marysa

    I haven’t been keeping up with all these things going on. Sounds like such a terrible situation. It is good to learn about it and know what is going on. I hope things improve.

  • Bri

    Wow. Insightful and humbling. My husband and I were just discussing increasing our donations to causes like this. It will definitely be on our list.

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