A failure to link current and past electoral problems is leading the country down a democratic dead end.
Although the Nigerian government has announced the disbanding of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, protesters have not let up. They are now calling for wider reforms.
“Put Musina residents first! Put South Africa[ns] first!” was the chant taken up by about 70 protesters who recently marched demanding that 85% of all local jobs go to South African residents in Musina.
The nationwide campaign for accountable, responsible policing could help address violent extremism.
For young Nigerian protesters on social media and on the streets, #ENDSARS is as much an expression of a will to modernity as it is a yearning to be treated with dignity.
The Nigerian government, in a coordinated effort, has allegedly paid hoodlums to attack #EndSARS protesters in Lagos, Abuja and other cities in the country. The attacks have seen by protesters as a move to cause confusion and discredit the protests. The hoodlums brought different weapons including knives and axes to disrupt the protests.
The #EndSARS protests in Nigeria represent a unity of mind among young Nigerians trying to reclaim their country from the older generation.
Why did some police officials blatantly disregard the fundamental liberties protected by South Africa’s constitution?
The dissolution of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad is the first step, but Nigeria needs a complete reform of its police.