End Sars/End Swat: Where do we go from here?

I didn’t even realize that I wrote about this topic  a year ago, and realizing this just resurrected traumas I have been trying to do away with.

SARS now SWAT for who don’t know is a unit of the Nigerian police force which is supposed to combat armed robbery but  has now became a terrorist organization that has been a torn in the flesh of the Nigerian people. Like every other Nigerian, I have my on SARS horror story, but that is not what we are here to talk about, and like I have said before I am trying to do away with the traumas.

What are we going to do about SARS?

To be honest, I am tired and have somewhat given up hope, but lately the good people of the feminist coalition who have been doing the lord’s work and people like Aproko doctor of twitter, Falz and Mr marcaroni are the reason I go to bed at night still glad to be a Nigerian. However, don’t get it twisted, I am still looking forward to the day I get my Canadian visa and love Nigeria from afar.

20th of October 2020 was a hard day, it was a sad day, a day we will all carry around and might never fully heal from the scars it has left behind. To be honest, i doubt if we’d ever recover from the horror we all witnessed that day. it was the day the army shot indiscriminately at unarmed protesters, I am not sure people understand the gravity of that act. That singular act was a “chrystal clear” message from the government saying, Doubt be fooled, we are not leaders of tomorrow, this country is not ours, it is theirs and there is no room for a better life for us and if we aren’t okay with that we should shut up or say bye bye to our lives.


it is sad and depressing really, questions have been ringing in my head, “are we going to continue like this?, am i next?, can i walk freely on the streets of Lagos or do i have to pray that i don’t get killed for doing absolutely nothing wrong?. having to act questions like this in a “so-called democratic country” makes matters even worse.

Now talks of 2023 have been flying around, people are chanting “Get your PVC”, claiming our PVC is our only weapon against these people, but if they couldn’t respect our voices when we asked for justice and for the punishment of the officers that have been killing us (I don’t really understand why that was so hard), what makes you think they will respect our voice through the polling units?, Because it seriously feels like it is the government and armed forces vs the Nigerian people.

PS. Remember they still haven’t disclosed who gave out the order to shoot at “unarmed protesters”, leading to the LEKKI MASSACRE.

About Banji Coker 157 Articles
Banji Coker is a Nigerian poet, writer and spoken word artist. He is the author of two poetry compilations, Just seventeen and October feelings.

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