For more than a week now, Nigerian youths have been out on the streets across the nation, demanding good governance and reforms of an oppressive system which has seen the needless deaths of many young Nigerians.
It is quite unfortunate that the youth have had to mourn more comrades in less than two weeks since the #EndSARS protest began, including Jimoh Isiaq who was sadly murdered on the protest ground by a police officer. The painful incident is one that is still fresh in the minds of Nigerians. And just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse, another comrade, Anthony Onome Unuode, got brutally stabbed and murdered by hoodlums who hijacked the protest in Abuja, according to reports.
Anthony gave up the ghost on Sunday after battling for his life, but his contribution to the fight for a better Nigeria will not be forgotten.
As though he knew the end was near, his last post on Facebook a few days before his demise read:
“To my generation of Nigerians. I love you and you have earned my maximum and most genuine respect. The powers that be are truly against us and doing everything in their power to stop this movement. It will get worse but please let us never back down.”
“Never Back Down”, he said. Not only are his last words inspiring but also instructive to every young Nigerian to continue in the fight against tyranny until the desired change is achieved. To persevere, irrespective of the several attempts made by different groups to cause division among the protesting youths.
Some might be getting discouraged at this point, but we must remind ourselves that nothing good comes easy, and this is not the time to throw in the towel. Indeed, the battle is not over until it’s over.
The sad fact that Anthony and many others who contributed to the struggle against tyranny were cruelly taken away from us, is reason enough to keep on fighting. We should not back down until justice is served, tyranny is brought to an end and a new Nigeria is born.
Nigerians pay tribute to a fallen hero:
This was Anthony onome last post before he was stabbed by thugs in Abuja during a protest. ??.
— Anthony Onome Unuode ? (@oluwanikinfela) October 19, 2020
#EndSARS RIP Anthony’ thank you for your service soldier! Am sure you are seated at the right hand of God watching down with hopes for change. We shall not relent
— Collins (@jammalcollins) October 19, 2020
— davvyd moore (@davvydmoore) October 18, 2020
— Prisca Nal (@priscanall) October 18, 2020
We shouldn’t let these politicians divide us with religion or ethnicity. We are one and we should stand together to make Nigeria great. RIP Anthony Onome Unuode?? #sorosoke #BETTERNIGERIA #BetterTogether #EndInsecurityInNigeria #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigera #EndSARS pic.twitter.com/QrV9DaIZts
— #EndSars #EndPoliceBrutality (@suavee0) October 18, 2020
— DeboMacaroni (@MrMaccaronll) October 18, 2020
You wanted a better Nigeria but your country failed you. You died fighting for a great cause. We will continue to fight your battle for you. RIP Anthony Onome @unuode #EndSARS #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigera #ilorinprotest #BETTERNIGERIA #TREM #TraderMoni pic.twitter.com/rXaVbdeHfE
— The Footy-talk podcast ? (@The_Footytalk) October 18, 2020