OrderPaperToday – OrderPaper Nigeria has put up a video to celebrate all genuine #EndSARS protesters who lost their lives during the recent nationwide mass action to end police brutality in the country.
For two weeks, thousands of youths took to the streets across the country to protest years of mindless extortions, maiming and killings of innocent Nigerians by officers of the Nigeria Police Force, particularly operatives of the now defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
The well coordinated peaceful protests across the country however turned violent when hoodlums hijacked the exercises, leading to vandalism, looting and loss of lives and properties.
The most grievous incident was the reported mass killings of #EndSARS protesters on the 20th of October, 2020 by the military at Lekki Tollgate, Lagos state. This particular incident has drawn worldwide condemnation to the Nigerian government in its handling of the hitherto peaceful protests.
President Muhammadu Buhari, in a virtual meeting with former leaders and security chiefs on Friday, was quoted as saying scores of civilians have died from the protest.
This was a day after he addressed the nation in a broadcast after weeks of dithering in spite of strident calls from several quarters, including the senate, civil society organizations, among others, for him to intervene.
The video by OrderPaper Nigeria begins by acknowledging the mass appeal, spontaneity and unison of purpose of the #EndSARS protests which was well coordinated online and offline.
The message in the video specifically celebrated those who paid the supreme price in the Lekki tollgate gruesome mishap and stated that their sacrifices shall never be in vain.
Watch the short video here.
According to Ofordile Tony-Okeke, Head of Operations of OrderPaper Nigeria, the country’s premier multi-platform legislative interface, “we decided to put out this video as our modest way of supporting and amplifying the call for end to police brutality and various forms of misgovernance that have plagued our nation for decades.
“This is our own way of saying we stand for a Nigeria where justice, equity and democratic governance elevates the lives and living conditions of all citizens and not just a privileged few.”
The #EndSARS movement began as a campaign on social media led by an activist, Segun Awosanya, popularly known as Segalink. It gained massive momentum online, serving as a platform for positive interventions in cases of police brutality, before it streamed live onto the streets of Lagos and other cities in Nigeria recently.
Apart from the celebration video, OrderPaper Nigeria has also aggressively reported the #EndSARS movement especially from the legislative perspective.