World News – United States – Nigerian government is killing its citizens again


This killed them in the infamous pogroms against the Igbo people in the 1960s in northern Nigeria, and it turned into slaughtering them by the hundreds of thousands (or millions according to some) in the Biafra war which continues to haunt our national imagination

He killed them in several protests during and against military rule in the 1970s long before I was born, and killed them again in the 1980s when I was just a child He killed them in the 1990s when citizens dared to take to the streets to demand the announcement of the winner of the historic June 12 elections, and killed them again as a teenager, under the presidency of General Sani Abacha

Democracy has not rid Nigeria of its thirst for blood Starting in 1999, Nigeria has killed citizens everywhere from Odi, Bayelsa where thousands were killed in what is now known as the massacre from Odi, in Maiduguri in Borno

In response to domestic criminals and terrorists, he kills his people as collateral damage in brutal and disorganized battles against better equipped enemies, and through his sheer incompetence and corruption

Nigerian security forces are particularly adept at killing Nigerians In fact, we got used to it I got used to hundreds of deaths for peaceful self-determination protests I got used to the number of people killed, tortured, arrested by the special anti-theft brigade against which we protest again I got used to the dozens of deaths, during a continuous attack on citizens by the security forces since the start of these demonstrations #EndSARS ago two weeks

When he doesn’t call us he is unable to save us from death Impossible to save us from the 1800 recorded bandit deaths in 2018 Impossible to save us from the over 400 killed by Boko Haram in 2019 Impossible to save us from at least 1,100 villagers killed so far in 2020

And yet, rather than hide her face in her shame, here she is again, killing us

As of this writing, at least seven people are believed to have died by Nigerian police who – as captured in a live video I just watched on social media – opened fire on peaceful protesters, citizens unarmed in the Lagos sieges protesting at the most public of places, the popular Lekki tollgate in Lagos, Nigeria

It does so because protesters remain – peacefully – in the streets for the 13th consecutive day, ignoring the government’s ambiguous and dishonest responses to demands to end police brutality, hold murderous cops to account and reform the country’s security apparatus It violated citizens’ constitutional right to demonstrate by « banning » demonstrations and when citizens refused to leave, sent soldiers to force them

The pictures are horrible My friend is currently crying as I write, while he watches videos that I can’t stand watching « See the bullets, » says DJ Switch, a popular singer who broadcasts the dead and the injuries live on his Instagram page to more than 150,000 viewers, so the world is aware for itself, he said, reporting the chaos and confusion that the security forces paid for with taxpayer money for us protecting is killing us once again

Seven confirmed dead Several confirmed injuries, including the one we also see in the video, with a bullet removed from his leg as there are no ambulances and the protesters are huddled together, afraid to move, to fear that the killers who are still on the protest ground will open fire again

We all watch it like it’s a movie We’ve never seen anything like it before – not because it’s never happened before, but because we can actually see it live with our eyes and hear it with our eyes We can face the evil of our own government on our own, and we cannot deny that we see what we see and hear what we hear

A generation faces the reality of their own nation: Nigeria is killing its people Nigeria has always killed its people And if we don’t radically change our country, Nigeria – from president to president, in an unbroken chain – will continue to kill his people

As I am about to run out of words for this piece, the guy for whom bullets were pulled from his leg has just been announced dead

Chude Jideonwo is the host of the #WithChude television and radio network, which creates safe spaces for conversations about mental, emotional and spiritual health across Africa He is also a co-founder of the company flourishing human J oy, Inc

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