#YNaijaEndSARSupdates: The voices against #PoliceBrutality are increasing and division is counter-productive

“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”
–  JK Rowling

Considering the current crises Nigerians are faced with; that famous quote from the author of the popular book series, Harry Potter, can’t be anymore relevant.

At a time like this where the presumably ‘lazy Nigerian youths’ have decided to stand up and let their voice be heard, we all have to unite so that our collective voices would be too hard to ignore. However, some have been slow to join this moving train.

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It is admirable to have seen a number of celebrities including Runtown who propelled this movement to full force, and Falz who aided greatly in perfectly articulating the pain of the young Nigerian (the primary victim of police brutality), to Mr. Macaroni who dropped his comic skits for a day to to shed more light on this all-important issue, it was encouraging to see these celebrities use their platform to facilitate real change.

The train has since moved since Thursday with many other notable personalities hopping in to get their voices registered against brutality of their children.


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On the flip side, their actions have inevitably exposed the inactivity of other celebrities especially those who have a history of calling for change with their craft, and tagging Nigerians cowards for not fighting for their right.

Burnaboy and Naira Marley who young Nigerians had banked on, to show out but didn’t, have been the primary recipient of this particular brand of outrage. The anger and frustration brought upon by years and years of negligence from the government and a borderline oppressive rule is beginning to spill on those who although have not done anything particularly wrong, are still being tagged the villains for their silence or staying away from the streets.

The outrage is as a result of the unyielding support and patronage shown to these figures over the years, supporting their craft and trending them for the world to notice. In turn, they have failed to return the gesture in these trying times, where their voices would make an astronomical change.

Brands too are not exempted, Nigerians on Twitter are already calling for the boycott of many notable brands in the country who have been silent all this while, despite having a lucrative market share in the country. Among them are Pepsi, Darling Hair, DStv, Netflix, Coca cola among others.

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On the sidelines, some others appear to be putting out thoughts that could ignite a gender war in the midst of an emerging movement against a perennial challenge. We really need to realise that such narratives are unnecessary at this time. It is counter-productive and takes away our focus.

While these are really valid points, we may have to be patient with some of these brands and celebrities. They just might end up making the largest impact on the movement… or not, but one thing is certain and that’s the fact they are not the enemy. The enemy is a rogue and corrupt police unit that is continually sustaining such a wicked class of officers that haven’t done much beyond bringing a lot of punishment to the Nigerian people.


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