Opinion: Could the drama around the Endsars protests be the starting point?

15 Nov 2020

Hi Folks,

The past week was rather a sober one for me, with the sad news of Balarabe Musa and Jerry Rawlings’s demise; and the sudden increase in the price of fuel which might have elicited the same sober feeling in most Nigerians.

Balarabe Musa former governor, Kaduna state.

Balarabe Musa, a former governor of Kaduna state died at the age of 84, while former Ghanaian president Jerry Rawlings was 73. They will be sorely missed.

Fmr. President Jerry J Rawlings

The past few days has been froth with accusations and  counter-accusation on who was responsible for the various events that led to the loss of lives at different parts of the country.

The military have said they only fired blank bullets and were invited to disperse the protesters at the instance of the Lagos State.

Brigadier General Ahmed Ibrahim Taiwo at the Lagos State Judicial Panel.

The revelation by the army disproves the claims of a massacre as many would want to believe. Gist have it that the whole protest has an undertone of 2023, besides the original objective of demanding good governance.

Recall that the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, claimed at some point that the military was invited by higher powers.

The fact that the leaders are giving account of their involvement in the Endsars protests that turned violent in Lagos and other parts of the country is an indication of better things to come.

With the body language of the judiciary arm of the Nigerian government, better days might just be around the corner.

Analysts however, believe that the judiciary is trying to curry public favor and divert attention from their jumbo pay which may be a major subject of debate.

Nigerians are asking what the role of this present judiciary is, with focus shifting gradually in this direction; it is expected that we will see more proactivity from our friends in the hallowed chamber.

The voice of the people are gradually becoming audible, and I sincerely hope it is sustained.

But really, should Nigerians go through these tough times despite the abundance of resources?

Remember to make someone smile today, through your acts of kindness.


Ilupeju B