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#OccupyLekkiTollgate: A Stand For Justice

February 14, 2021 | Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes
Written by Koboju Etariemi

Over the centuries, one thing has remained constant in humanity- the quest for power, the quest for dominance. Humanity over the years has tried to expand, dominate and grow his tentacles across every sphere of life. Take religion, for instance, the jihads by Islam, missions by Christianity, all striving for one thing, dominance- to make their religion and beliefs spread. Take politics too, the berlin conference that led to the partitioning of Africa and so on. The quest for dominance remains amongst mankind.

In that regard, one can easily observe that trait within the makeup of the country that’s Nigeria. Same leaders who have been ruling us since the 1970s are still those vying for posts today, side-lining the younger generation. The phrase “the youths are leaders of tomorrow” becomes invalid. Nigeria is ruled by septuagenarians who are either callous in their thinking and dealings or they just don’t know what they are doing. Nigeria is far behind in terms of keeping up with the 21st century. This is shameful for the most populous black nation in the world.

In the heart of this quest for dominance and power lies issues such as religious and cultural bigotry, thus, hindering the growth and development of the country and causing insecurity in some regions of the country. The need to exert absolute country over the lives of its citizens is the main objective of the Buhari-led administration. It takes absolute delight in frustrating its citizens.

With the quest for dominance and power comes the abuse of it. The recent events at the Lekki Tollgate is an attestation to that fact. The fight for justice is a fundamental human right. A denial of that is a threat to the peace and safety of the people. Here, we have a government that has no absolutely any regards for the citizens of its country.

The demand of the Nigeria populace is simple: Justice! Justice for the victims of the November 20, 2020 massacre at the Lekki Tollgate. An event that became an attestation that no Nigerian is safe under President Buhari led administration.

DID YOU KNOW?

Amnesty International stated that no less than 12 people were killed on October 20, 2020, when the Nigerian Army opened fire at peaceful protesters at the Lekki Tollgate. It has been way over 3 months since the incident without justice being served.

More than 30 youths were arrested yesterday while exercising their rights to protest at the Lekki tollgate. Well-meaning Nigerians in demand of justice have taken a step against the reopening of the Lekki tollgate by the government until justice is duly served. It is, however, sad that the Nigerian government have absolutely no regard for the rule of law. Debo Adebayo, popularly known as Mr Macaroni, a comedian and social media influencer was one of those arrested by the Nigerian Police while exercising lending his voice and exercising his human right to protest.

One thing is quite certain in the Buhari-led administration, it is nothing short of Gaddafi. A government without accountability. A government that sees no need for upholding the rule of law. The quest for dominance and power is accompanied by the abuse of it. Buhari’s second spell in charge of Nigeria is a ship that has long lost course. A ticking time bomb waiting to explode.

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