The vulture is a minaciously affected person chook. It doesn’t exert itself searching. It waits to devour the kill of one other. It circles the sky whereas the hunt is on ready for the opportune time to take benefit and gobble up the carcass. The spirit of 10 Nigerians dispatched to the netherworld for the reason that spasm of #EndSARS protests groans in mortification.
The EndSARS motion started as a righteous agitation in opposition to years of police brutality and regime oppression. It was residents’ convulsive response to state terrorism. Nevertheless it seems the vultures have come to feast on the carnage left within the wake of police clampdown on peaceable protesters.
There’ll at all times be individuals who pursue blinkered agenda secreted within the noble objective of the collective. The EndSARS protests have been miscarried. The motion has been seized by some avaricious pursuits. The peoples’ combat has been merchandised by those that foxily put themselves up as ‘’stakeholders of #EndSARS motion’’ even whereas declaring, ‘’there is no such thing as a chief of the protest’’.
Similar to those that sit on excessive pillaging the nation, the youth have amongst them vultures who feed on the carcass left by the predators of Nigerians. It is sort of a pyramid of oppressors. The predatory political and enterprise class guts the residents and leaves the stays from its belch to so-called ‘’youth stakeholders and representatives’’ a few of whom have taken up residence on social media.
The #EndSARS motion is now an enterprise.
What began out as natural demonstrations have develop into contaminated by GMOs – greed, cash and choices. What many protesters on the streets have no idea is that whereas they’re giving their sweat and blood for nation, some individuals are brokering offers for themselves on their behalf. Cash and choices – showing as benign presents and assist to the trigger from those that represent the majority of Nigeria’s issues – are exchanging fingers.
As a matter of truth, I wish to be educated on this. Why are some ‘’microwave activists’’ parleying with brokers of the federal government and enterprise leaders on #EndSARS protests, however on the identical time insist they aren’t leaders of the trigger? So, who and what do they characterize on the conferences? Themselves, the motion or their wallets?
Sure, I perceive conferences have been held among the many identical group of individuals on #EndSARS for a minimum of thrice for the reason that protests convulsed. I’m additionally conscious that there’s a social media dichotomy on this trigger. Sure ‘’influencers’’ are enlisted to advertise pre-conceived hash-tags to drown out others of kindred goal. Nothing is with out design. The organism of the residents’ motion has been artificiated. There may be additionally a component of opposition sponsorship by politicians who search to learn from the disaster.
I have to say, there are solely two stoic activists whose contribution to the most recent battle is altruistic — Omoyele Sowore and Aisha Yesufu. You may accuse them of something however not of extracting tolls from their efforts within the trigger. And actually, you can’t take the mantle of citizen conscientisation from Sowore. Since August 2019, the RevolutionNow convener has been on the beat.
By and enormous, he’s the provenance of the citizen revulsion in opposition to police brutality. Sure. He has been on the pedal throttling away and rousing consciences and guts in opposition to the inequities of the state.
Additionally, Segun Awosanya (Segalink) has an undisputed place within the saga of activism in opposition to police savagery. His execution by a mob on Twitter on Wednesday for saying the plain didn’t come as a shock to me. Nothing occurs on Twitter with out a vignette of agenda. You need to look beneath layers and layers of tweets to attach them to the Alpha.
Segun was poignant when he mentioned: “Hustlers being managed by the lust after cash are taking part in video games and throwing narratives round. Your rights to protest must not ever be commercialised for any agenda. Verify the patterns and be aware the gamers whereas preserving your focus. The try to hijack the #EndSARS #ReformPoliceNG Motion by recognized parts that had been in opposition to it from day one and needed to be an element now for fame and earnings is no surprise. They felt they will demonise me and take possession by pressure. However they’ll fail once more as at all times.’’
Actually, the hustlers have taken over. This isn’t an try to submerge the #EndSARS trigger in controversy. However we should get off the emotional excessive and withstand the very fact.
EndSARS has been appropriated. The mission is compromised! I repeat, the mission is compromised!
Fredrick Nwabufo is a author and journalist