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Denied Justice: The Spark That Ignited a Movement
“In the pursuit of a just and fair society, it is imperative that we hold our law enforcement agencies to the highest standards of conduct.“
Anthony Okechukwu Ojukwu
(Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC))
Dear Active Citizen,
In this special edition, we take you on a journey back to October 2020 when the #EndSARS movement emerged as a beacon of hope and change.
🌟 The Challenge: It all began when Omoyele Sowore threw down the gauntlet, challenging Burna Boy to lead a protest against police brutality under the #EndSARS banner. Burna Boy hesitated, but that's when young Nigerians stepped up to the plate, calling for a protest. The government, represented by the then Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, was swift to respond.
🔊 Promises and Pushback: Promises were made, but skepticism loomed large. Four bans in four years had left a trail of doubts.
🌐 A Movement Spreads: The spirit of the #EndSARS movement refused to wane. Runtown, Falz, Rinu Oduala, and other young Nigerians held the protest ground in Lekki and Ikeja, Lagos, calling for change. Their voices resonated, not just in Lagos but also in Abuja, Port Harcourt, Ibadan, and beyond, as the chorus for change echoed across our nation. 🇳🇬
💔 The Cry for Justice: Beyond banning a unit, the #EndSARS movement exposed the urgent need for systemic reform. It was a cry for justice, accountability, and an end to impunity within law enforcement. That call still resonates like a heartbeat, ever steady.
👁️🗨️ Messages from the Frontline Placards: They were powerful declarations of the #EndSARS movement's determination and purpose. 🇳🇬
As we commemorate the 3rd year memorial of the protests, let us remember the indomitable spirit that kindled this fire. 🕯️🇳🇬
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The EiE Nigeria Team.