It’s a year today since we were stopped as it was said that it’s not right to fight the government and we can’t fight the government. But up until now, there hasn’t been any improvement. Things got really bad the following year (which is 2021, the year we are in right now) after we were stopped. People went out and had their lives sacrificed for a cause and for the love of the nation.
Citizens were killed just because they expressed how they felt. A lot couldn’t and still can’t afford three square meals, many do not have a job, no good roads, no good hospitals, schools keep shutting down, teachers are underpaid, no salary increment, everything is expensive, innocent souls are being killed everyday. A lot of people lost their families and friends who went out to protest on the 20th day of October, 2020. They were killed just because they went out to fight for the right of all–for better governance. They didn’t want to wait until all the bad things they were hearing about happen to them and their love ones. They didn’t want to wait for the next generation to experience the same. Bank accounts of some peaceful protesters were frozen just because truth was made known.
A country were a guy said, “Nigeria won’t end him.” And hours later his body was found, he died, as Nigeria truly ended his life. Everyone came out, bound by love and united as one to fight this fight for all. A time where religion and tribalism didn’t matter anymore, but oneness, fairness and justice was all that mattered. All we wanted was to be heard and all we wanted was a change for a better Nigeria for all, where everyone can have equal rights as humans and as citizens of this great nation Nigeria.
The peaceful protesters were humiliated, but didn’t stop, neither did they give up the fight. And then, unfortunately, on the 20th day of October, 2020, they shut us all up for real, they deployed armies to shot and kill peaceful protesters who were seated at the Lekki toll gate as they didn’t want our voice to be heard anymore, what a shame.
I honestly fear for the future of the upcoming generation and the generation yet to be born as they aren’t safe. How can we raise our children in a country as this one? What are we teaching them? What kind of life are we grooming them to have? Who do we want them to become and what kind of life are we going to leave behind for them to emulate? Everything is messed up in this country, but then, we won’t be silent as it all starts and continues with you and I to keep speaking up and speaking out the truth they do not want to hear.
For the blood of the innocent ones that was shed, for those who gave their lives for this cause, to the true heroes of our nation Nigeria, you guys were brave and we honour you today from our heart. Thank you for fighting a good fight of faith. We won’t forget and we will make sure generations to come will remember you all.