NIGERIA WOMEN AT THE FOREFRONT OF #ENDSARS PROTEST.

 

Nigeria has been said to have the history of Women organizing a protest, starting from what we called the Aba Women’s riots of 1929, The Abeokuta Women’s Revolt, called the Egba Women’s Tax Riot in the late 1940s, one will say is not new to have seen many women on the street leading the way during the two weeks #Endsars protest across Nigeria.

Our own  Aisha Yesufu, We call her our face of liberty, many say she is the coordinator of Abuja zone, as is a known fact that the protest has no leader, no face attached to it.But Aisha Yesufu is one face no one will forget in a hurry.

She was a co-organizer of the Bring Back Our Girls movement that called for the safe return of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014. bring back our girls was mainly an empathy protest quite different from 3endsars protest,  She says she is proud of the Present-day young Nigeria women, who have mobilized during this protest movement without any push.

“#EndSARS is a protest is survival movement, There are young men and women who are being killed by those who are supposed to protect them and who are fighting for their lives,”

Nigerian DJ Obianuju Catherine Udeh, regularly joined the protest at Lekki tollgate of Lagos, better known as DJ Switch, Who live-streamed on Instagram from Lekki on Tuesday evening and filmed the army shooting rounds of live fire at crowds an act which she has been harass, threaten and warn.

Every Nigerian, especially [those in] the diaspora who had no other way to witness this, owes this woman everything,” says London-based Onis Chukwueke-Uba, 25, who was one of more than 150,000 Instagram users watching DJ Switch’s live video as events unfolded in Lagos.

DJ Switch is one of many Nigeria women on the frontlines of these protests which began in early October and are among the most widespread wave of protests in Nigeria.

Beady Nnanna , Tv presenter, blogger and an Advocate for Stop Rape campaign, regularly joined the protest at Alausa, the capital city of Lagos, she has been an online activist, who has been on top of her work since 8th of October, the day the protest started.

Beady has got to deal with different threats and warning, through unknown callers, which lead to the blocking of her social media page.

Our celebrities, and many we can’t list here, we recognize all Nigeria women and appreciate your courage, you women were indeed a motivator to our men who are leading the course,  we salute all Nigeria heroes and heroines nationwide, your effort will not be in vain.

These young Nigerians amidst any other thing, are asking for a country they can call home, they said they want, ‘A new Nigeria’ a Nigeria where no one will be more Nigerian than others.

Before Tuesday, the mood among #endSARS protesters in Lagos was optimistic. For more than two weeks, protesters across Nigeria have taken to the streets calling for an end to police brutality and the dissolution of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (or SARS) police unit.

But after violence on Tuesday night, which left 13 people dead and over 20people injured who are still nursing their bullet wound many are afraid. “A lot of us at the forefront are terrified for our lives. We’ve never lived through anything like this in Lagos.

We watched people get killed yesterday on social media,” says Jola Ayeye, a 28-year-old screenwriter based in Lagos.

An on-the-ground investigation by Amnesty International confirmed Wednesday that the Nigerian army and police killed at least 13armless  peaceful protesters in two Lagos suburbs the previous evening, as thousands of people protested against police brutality as part of the #EndSARS movement.

An eye Witnesses said several unarmed, peaceful protesters were shot dead at Lekki toll gate in Lagos, Nigeria on Oct. 20 2020, as video footage emerged on social media appearing to show the Nigerian military firing live rounds at a crowd protesting as part of the #endSARS movement.

Eyewitnesses at a separate protest site in Alausa told Amnesty International that they were attacked by a team of soldiers and policemen, leaving at least two people dead and 5 people critically injured.

At least 76 people have died across the country since the nationwide protests began on Oct. 8, with about 38 killed on Tuesday alone, according to Amnesty International.

 

The SARS unit has been the target of protests since 2017, the unit that has treated the reforming light for four different years and time, but protesters say this latest wave is different than what came before.

The movement is leaderless but driven by a younger generation of Nigerians, no particular leader or face to the movement that for the first time in Nigeria recorded success so far,  tired of being profiled by SARS operatives, who often carry out violent ambushes in plain clothes with little impunity.

AnAmenstly international report earlies this year documented at least 82 cases of torture, ill-treatment and extra-judicial execution by SARS between January 2017 and May 2020, mostly targeting young men between the ages of 18 and 35.

Although the Nigerian government announced that the SARS unit would be disbanded on Oct. 11, protesters are sceptical that will lead to real change—authorities have made and broken several promises regarding the disbandment and reforms of SARS over the past four years each every year without result.

Speaking with one of the female protesters who identify her self as Rita,  said The agony of peaceful protest is that, that peaceful protest we started, Nigeria Government infiltrated it with hoodlums, we are off the street but we are not giving up for our NEW NIGERIA.,

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