When eight days ago I sent out a chat; Policing must be civil – young lives matter, it would have been hard to imagine that today a youth uprising would be in flight and approaching full bloom.
This is on the one hand cheering news that a democracy may still be able to arise in the land,but scary that the tactics of raising the voice of social groups may be so rustic for a society that stepped aside from rational public conversation that you are troubled something could go wrong.
Whatever may be the cost, in getting something wrong, it seems worth it for the awakening of the spirit of the youth, as they respond, like Bob Marley pitched many years ago, to get up, stand up. Stand up for your rights. Get up stand up. Don’t give up the fight.
Beyond SARS and extrajudicial killing the youth have quite a few potent issue that constitute existential threat to their future and present well being. They include the state of education and the state of strikes and permanent crisis the sector is locked into. Worthy of their protest effort is the commitment to legal plunder by public office holders manifested in a Security votes with no oversight and obnoxious pensions. Those drawings have denied the poor,hospitals, and youth, schools.
Prof. Pat Utomi is the founder of Lagos Business School and Co-Chair of Nigerian Consultative Front