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What The Coalition of #EndSARS Protest Groups Across Lagos and Nigeria Will Do in the Next Few Days

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The Coalition of #EndSARS protest groups across Lagos and Nigeria has released a statement regarding the deprioritization of physical protests for now, and its objectives in the next couple of days which includes, the nomination of leaders to represent protesters, clean up, offline community engagement and more.

Read the statement below:

Following the nationwide address from President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, October 22, we are more resolved to press not just for justice but for a new and better Nigeria where all citizens are safe and can thrive.

Lagos State, where the hotbed of resistance began has been under state-wide curfew imposed by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. Prior to that, Soldiers attacked peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate and unleashed carnage. We have watched with horror, the ensuing acts of violence, murder, looting, razing and vandalization of homes, businesses and organizations in Lagos State, and we will like to state emphatically that these are not protesters. We completely condemn any form of violence or looting.

For the sake of the wellbeing of our comrades and ordinary citizens being adversely affected by this, we will deprioritize the physical protests, for now. But, for the sake of those who died, before the protests, during the protests, and at the hands of Soldiers at the Lekki Toll Gate — people who the government has largely refused to acknowledge, THE STRUGGLE MUST CONTINUE.

Here are our objectives in the next few days:

1. Clean Up

During our protests, we made a conscious effort to clean up the venues and keep our environment safe for everyone. Following the condemnable vandalizations that took place since the curfews began, we are volunteering efforts towards the clean-up and rebuilding of the state.

2. Online Protest

We will continue to intensify online publicity and protest of the issues and demands made. We will be hosting conversations, sharing articles and amplifying voices of thought leaders in that direction.

3. Offline Community Engagement

We will continue grassroots mobilization and civic education of the masses, providing tools for education to enable them to understand the scale and scope of what is at stake.

4. Timelines

We are putting a timeline together to track actions taken to meet our demands. This way, we know what has been done, what is being done, and what can be ticked off our list. This way, we know if and when the government defaults, and we can decide if a return to the streets is necessary.

5. Strategy

We are building short, medium- and long-term strategies to sustain this momentum and keep this fire that has been ignited by the actions of young people across Nigeria burning. The strategies are pillared on and geared towards Education, Voter Registration, Political Consciousness and Representation for Young People in government.

6. Structure

We will create a structure to strategically consolidate demands, formalize the coalition, galvanize the continued online protest, develop standards for monitoring and evaluation, and continue the mobilization and education of the citizens.

7. Representation

The leaderless nature of this protest but consistent oneness in demands have been part of our unique strengths. As we move towards consolidation and negotiation, it is now pertinent we put forward a diverse group to represent the different coalitions; from celebrities to activists, legal minds to strategists, journalists to entrepreneurs, etc. We consulted far and wide, to come up with these names, and while this may not be exhaustive, it offers us an interim basis to begin the negotiation and consolidation.

The nominees will meet with different protest leaders/blocs across the country/states, and consolidate on a vehicle for continuous demands. They will also track actions of the Government, represent our demands and provide feedback to us regularly. They are:

Names of Nominees at the Federal level:

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Names of Nominees at the State level: (Lagos)

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Advisory

Due to the decentralized nature of this movement across the country, we nominate a team with experience in leadership and diplomacy, to assist in advisory and other support. This team will be consulted from time to time within the process. The criteria are people with integrity, people who have a vast experience in national issues, and who have a track record of being pro-young people.

Nominees for Advisory Board

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All nominations are provisional. If there are people you think should be on the list, people who have been critical in the success of these protests and can work towards the actualization of our demands, and the ultimate mission — a better government/future for Nigeria, please nominate.

In conclusion, these protests have never been politically motivated. It is not about ethnicity or tribalism. The young people across the country are demanding justice, good governance, accountability and reforms. These protests have no sponsor nor agenda other than what we have stated repeatedly; better governance, accountability and an end to brutality.

To everyone who has lost someone or something, we stand in solidarity with you.

To all our heroes that died before and during these struggles, we say Rest in Power! Your deaths will not be in vain.

It is NOT finished!

On behalf of the Coalition.

10 Comments

  1. Goretti

    October 24, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    I pray that this coalition achieve it’s aim and objectives
    We shall overcome all odds

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  2. James Kate

    October 24, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    Can I take Obron6 at 9weeks pregnant.

  3. Chi

    October 24, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    Waoh i love this!! Thumbs up to Nigerian Youths.

  4. OMOBOLA

    October 24, 2020 at 9:12 pm

    A man will be better inform to handle this struggle instead.Let our women be an advisory to us,I will suggest final nominee should be men.I am not against sex but that is just my opinion

  5. Azeez Oluwaseyi

    October 24, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    Are you kidding me, so in the midst of all these I’m expected to vote for those I don’t know. Please you can do better by furnishing us with the biography of those nominated and the criteria used

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  6. gbaskelebo

    October 25, 2020 at 12:09 am

    this is beautiful, I will direct people to this post

  7. Fit n combat

    October 25, 2020 at 10:50 am

    Please let us develop our own political party from this day and start informing and educating the youths now for 2023 so the youths can start disturbing their parents not to vote for any other political parties. Thank you

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  8. Victor

    October 25, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    I suggest we consider the possibility of uniting the youths of Nigeria under a new political party so those who are interested in politics and qualified to run for public offices can do so under that umbrella.

    By this, we’d produce a new generation of well-oriented politicians/civil servants and gradually walk them up the political ladder. From grassroot representations to governorship, senate and on to the presidency.

    The biggest takeaway from the EndSARS protest for me personally is learning the age demography of Nigeria. We’re an overly young population. With the right support and unity from every young person, we’d have the power of number at every ballot box in the nation. I know it sounds crazy and easy to say but it’s equally feasible too.

  9. Oyinda

    October 25, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    The link are not working..or is it just me?

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  10. Wealth Grace

    October 25, 2020 at 8:54 pm

    The opinion is cool but however we need to know the people we are voting for, some youth work with the bad governance of Nigeria so we need to get it straight to get it right

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