“Nigeria is a country at war with its future. What a shame!” ~ Dr. Joe Abah

Give a black man power, and he will turn on all his brothers. There’s nothing truer than this, and I am not even joking!

Was this the Nigeria our fathers fought for, laying down their lives gruesomely? How did we get here? How do we get out of this mess? At times like this, one can’t help but worry, can we ever get out of this?

To the whites, we say it’s racism, xenophobic attacks, when they remorselessly murder and prey on our comrades; spilling our very blood out there without a second thought, but now, what is your excuse?

What’s your excuse for turning on your family? For deliberately trivializing the lives of the very people you swore to protect, what is your excuse?

Clinging on to power and never wanting to lose a finger’s-grip on it, you’ve done so at expense of innocent Nigerian lives protesting peacefully against a criminal and failed government.

Against a sophisticated criminal system where the rich gets richer and the poor? We know how that ends.

Deploying the military to shoot and kill armless and harmless peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll gate all in fear that the current system you’ve been feeding fat off might be brought down and genuine sustainable development will be brought to 60 year country with nothing to show for it!

While such a fast and decisive action has never been taken against the insurgents, Boko Haram, whom we’ve been allegedly fighting for more than a decade!

Not even against the killings in southern Kaduna was such swift response taken — but here we are, with lifeless bodies littered all over at the Toll Gate, blood flowing endlessly, tears and wailings of brothers, without sisters, sisters without brothers, fathers without daughters and mothers without sons! All of which could have been avoided. Aren’t we just enemies of our own success?

What’s your excuse for popping the head of Oke open when all he wanted was a Nigeria where the lives of humans will matter more than that of a cow!

A Nigeria with a decent police force where bail is free not just on paper and in TV commercials. A Nigeria where police brutality is reduced to the barest minimum.

A Nigeria where FOREX traders are not seen as thieves, a Nigeria where living a good life and driving a fancy car does not automatically make you a yahoo boy.

A Nigeria where serial killers and hardened criminals with no regard for human life are recruited into the police force and let loose on the streets. What’s the aim?

What in Christ sake does your soul feel when you watch your fellow man bleed and beg for death?

What’s your excuse for rendering a mother childless? What’s your excuse for leaving a child without care?

We pride in diversity and tribes, but isn’t our skin colour a common factor suppose to seep through our veins and make us one?

You preach money? How much wealth can you aquire to plead innocent of the curses you laid upon yourself?

You preach respect for order and authority? I laugh, who respects a murderer?

#EndSARS #EndSWAT #EndPoliceBrutality

Yubedee Pyamene Anokari, is a contributor on the blog, an amazing content writer and entrepreneur. Currently, a student of environmental studies at the University of Port Harcourt, an SDG advocate, passionate about personal growth and development.

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