Scores of Nigerians at home and abroad have been protesting against police brutality in the country this month, drawing support and solidarity from across the world. But for those in China the impossibility of physical protest paired with their distance from home has led to frustration. How do you offer support to your homeland when you’re thousands of miles away from home?
Justina Alaja, a barrister based in Beijing explains that a group ‘Hope for Nigeria’ has been established with many exploring the possibility of donating to those leading the movement at home.
In the absence of the chance to join the movement on the ground, below are a collection of their thoughts, frustrations and feelings around #ENDSARS and their hopes for a better Nigeria.
“WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR HANDS?” – Barrister Justina Ajala
“#ENDSARS is not a fight against junior police officers” – RAPHAEL, Deputy Coordinator NIDO NORTH China
An ode to Nigeria by Hyellai T. Pona
Nigeria a home to many, and a light to nations
The glory of every citizen it used to be and a pacesetter it was previously tagged
Until the plague of bad governance and corruption took over our land.
Our glory faded away, our mindset changed, our expectations increased
But in all that we kept desiring for a change and a revolution that will restore
We cried to our leaders but we were not heard.
The people that should protect us are exploiting us.
The people that should save us instead gave us up for sacrifice.
Then arose a generation of Nigerians
That realized that power is not given, but power is taken
A generation that realised the masses had the power if only they know they do
That generation arose to take their place
It started like a joke but soon spread like a wildfire
We want a revolution, a reformation, a restructuring
We are tired of losing our glory and respect before the international audience
We are tired of being taken advantage of as Nigerians
We are tired of being tagged as “fraud” because we are Nigerians
We are tired of being at the mercy of SARS because we are young and successful
We want a nation that identifies and celebrate our success as youth without being suspicious
We want a country that believes in us and is fertile for us to spring forth
We want a nation that we can call home and be proud of before other nations
We want to be trusted as leaders of today because tomorrow belongs to our children
Nigerian Youth arise spiritually, physically and all ramifications
Let us travail until we birth the new Nigeria, we desire for us and generations yet to come
I am Hyellai and I stand in solidarity of the Nigerian Youth Protest.
“I WANT TO APPLAUD THE ORGANISERS” – Dr. Oche Barnabas, President-Elect NIDO China
The recent outward public agitations and continuous street protests by the Nigerian Youths which has been focused towards ending the related activities of the Nigerian Police brutality on citizens is a call to reestablishing orderliness in the internal security structure of the country.
I want to applaud the organisers of the movement and campaign for the #ENDSARS# and Nigerian Police Brutality. We believe this is a commendable move to assist draw the attention of our government to this dent and decay that have developed over the years within the Nigerian Police force.
The federal government is supposed to continuously strive to create an enabling environment that is devoid of crime, and I believe that was one of the critical reasons why the Special Anti-Robbery Squad – SARS was created. We must commend the recent efforts of the government in the immediate disbandment of SARS and the establishment of a committee for the reformation of the Police force. There is an urge for the government to be sincere in further implementation of the five points agenda, which has been submitted by the youths and protesters. The youths are the future of the nation, and our pains and aspirations should be highly considered in national planning.
The voice of the Nigerian youths is a voice of hope and a voice for the renewed future of Nigeria. I urge all the members of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organization – NIDO China to support the voices of the youth to shun violence and to seek for a better Nigeria which is devoid of insecurity and all forms of corruption. I also want us to give the Nigerian government a chance and renewed confidence as they have listened to these voices, and for their swift action in following the demand of the youths. Let us join our voices, actions, intellect and come together to jointly develop our nation in unity and in peace.
#ENDSARS # – End Police Brutality
Voice of the Nigerian youths
Long live Nigeria
“I SUPPORT GOOD GOVERNANCE 💯 % OR NOTHING” –
Baba J-Pikin OF PLT Int.
“End STATE SECURITY FORCES Brutality” –Patriot Michael L.M
a.k.a De Adviser
What is man without order and good sense of belonging…
What is man without peace and hope for a bright morning…
What is man without freedom in a land he was born freely to…
What is man without care when he gladly contracted his right to caretakers called Government…
What is man without a freedom to express himself if not absolutely…
What kind of Men are in the aforementioned situation or even worse conditions..
These are Men In Bondage.
These are Men without Hope.
These are Men with a complete loss of identity.
These are men doomed for utter destruction who may never be remembered.
My grieved heart sends support and sustainability, going to all Nigerians today that have stood up and spoken for their rights, the safety and welfare of their Posterity.
End STATE SECURITY FORCES Brutality
May your struggles yield utopian fruits for our Great Country… Nigeria Amen!