SARS (The Special Anti-Robbery Squad was a Nigerian Police Force unit created in late 1992 to deal with crimes associated with robbery, motor vehicle theft, kidnapping, cattle rustling, and firearms)1. Sadly, SARS slowly deteriorated into an association of in-humane policemen exhibiting a flagrant contempt for human life with proven cases of : intimidation, un-lawful confiscation of items, stealing, bullying, murder, torture, sexual violence and so much more. All perpetuated in different states across the country.
The youths have bravely waged a peaceful protest against SARS; the protest has become a revolution of its kind. Read all about it : HERE. They(We) are asking for an end to injustice, violence, extra judicious killings, discrimination and a thorough police reform. All rightfully so! We all must in our little ways support the cause and help in achieving the long overdue change.
How? you may ask.For a long time, my heart has raged against so many issues within the Nigerian government and the state of the country. I felt helpless and without a clue on how to help push for change. I was wrong, I am far from helpless.We all have so much to offer.I shall do my bit, using my skills, platforms and any means possible to push for justice and press on for a better Nigeria. Collectively, our individual inputs adds up to a huge effort.”Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead
Here are some tips on how to find your role:
- Educate yourself: Read up extensively, stay informed. Learn about Nigeria, its policies and the government.
- Follow the Activists: Actively follow the social media handles of all the citizens actively pushing for change. This may inspire you to find a place to lend your voice as well as identify where you fit in.
- Donate: It could be financial, food/basic amenities, physical support and so much more.
- Lend your voice: Do you have an opinion to share that could help shift negative mind-sets? Then go ahead, write about it. Create videos about it. Speak respectfully about it.Send in articles to the papers.
- Stay Kind: A general feeling of unrest, will inadvertently spike anger and revolt among the people. Now more than ever is the time to be kind/selfless. Provide for your neighbour. Be the change you want to see.
- Do not judge: Do not stand in a place of judgement against someone who is seemingly not doing anything. Stay focused.
- Own your journey: Remember we have different roles to play. Find your role and act it out diligently, honestly and authentically.
- Love: I believe it is the missing ingredient in our nation. People are angry, there’s hate in our hearts. If we had love in our hearts, would we steal and loot so incessantly without caring about the livelihood of our people?If there was true love in the hearts of the police would they trigger happily kill without a second thought? Where is the love? Let’s genuinely love and put an end to religious, tribal and societal prejudices as well as all the ills dragging our beloved Nigeria down.Your role may be to preach and show love. Be the love you wish to see.
The chart below succintly puts it all in perspective.
Here’s also a very useful tip on how to use social media to help push change:
May the souls of our dearly departed brethren, rest in perfect peace.