Richard Ginika Izuora
Nigerian rapper, MI Abaga said the #EndSARS protest marks the beginning of a transformation in the most populated black nation.
The rapper stated that the new generation is prepared to change the dilapidated stated of Nigeria.
MI Abaga made his thoughts known during and op-ed for the Qatari state-owned news channel, Aljazeera.
“The past few weeks, however, have opened my eyes.
Thankfully, millions of other young people feel the same.
The catalyst may be the pandemic – people have been locked up so long that their anger has finally boiled over,” he wrote.
The rapper also stated in his piece how years of brutality, highhandedness; and overzealousness of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) a unit in the Nigeria Police Force, sent millions of Nigerian youths, to the streets to protest.
“Since early October, Nigerians – mostly in their 20s and 30s – have taken to the streets to voice their anger over police brutality; corruption; and the incompetence of the ruling elite.
The demonstrations were first triggered by anger at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, better known as SARS.
This is a branch of the police notorious for its track record of human rights abuses: kidnappings, extortion, harassment and killings,” he wrote.
In his article, the rapper stated that the #EndSars protest sent a clear and serious message to the government who haven’t been receptive since the movement began.
“For us protesters, it is clear that we are fighting against a government that is willing to kill you; and then blame you for your own death.
The authorities are intent on creating chaos as a pretext to intensify their crackdown.
One politician has even tried to whip up ethnic hatred; suggesting that the demonstrations are the South trying to plan a coup,” he added.
There is no going back for every Nigerian that came out to lend their voices or protest; say Abaga as a new political movement has been birthed.