The Loud silence of the student community,your hostel might be the next stop #ENDSARS By Olawole Olakunle.
I left the civic hive on Saturday a very embittered Nigerian youth in line with the numerous stories of SARS brutality and constant harassment of the citizens they swore to protect, the constant harassments and dehumanizations of young people by the so much dreaded SARS cult group is no longer a thing that can be continually joked with, as it should get the deserved national attention needed to bring it to an end.
As vehement as the Nigerian police force tried to sweep all these allegations under the carpet by saying #Endsarscrusaders are attention seekers, the spotlight still hasn’t moved away from the SARS hoodlums whose actions keep seeking attention with the current clampdown on Nigerian students not even on the streets anymore but within the confines of their hostel rooms. One of such gruesome attacks happened less than a week ago at Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba ondo state (AAUA) to mention a few.
When I wrote about “Police brutality and the I no want wahala syndrome” I envisaged that a time like this would come when the silence of the student community would backfire simply because the action of the police force was meant to instill fear into the young populace and create a docile community with a mentality within that caucus that forbids asking questions for the fear of the unknown.
The quality of our education is meant to eradicate any iota of fear when we face life challenges so that we can approach the stakeholders in every aspect of our lives courteously without the fear of rejection or repression.
The police force is an important stakeholder in the security department of our lives, what then have we learnt within the four walls of our respective colleges as Nigerian student if we cannot engage such important stakeholders because of the “I no want wahala syndrome” that has slowly eaten up our society beginning from the family,school,community,our institutions and government subconscious clampdown on our ability to stand up when occasion arises to ask the questions that affect the output of our lives.
The deafening silence of the student community has on all occasions given credence to the many atrocities facing us as a nation, the sound minds in our society whose actions ought to channel the path for progressive change have been rendered docile. Not only is such docility an integral determinant to the outlook of our labor force as a country, but a subconscious undertone to the generation behind.
Alas, have we not been doomed as a nation with such percentage of youthful but docile student population who ought to be emerging voices for our generation.
Perhaps, you all do not understand the impact of getting involved in the polity of your country and its corresponding influence in the quality of education not literacy that would have been imbibed in you and how effective your involvement is in changing, the quality of education the coming generation would have.
It’s indeed high time to put the shenanigans of I don’t want wahala aside, while we concentrate on how we can effectively begin to influence our polity with the education we have had over time, thus creating the change we want and bringing an end to #Sarsbrutality
Times are indeed changing and the approach to solving impending challenges ought to change too, gone are the days of Thomas Sankara, and Fidel Castro’s arms revolution to change the destinies of their respective countries, we are now in an era of democratic actions to provide revolutionary solutions hence, #EndSARS issue is an avenue to exercise democratic rights/actions to achieve revolutionary results in eradicating not only the docility the influence of the Nigerian Police force has had on us, but the brutality of the deadly SARS group.
It’s imperative that great minds like Segalink (Segun Awosanya) and civil societies (Gavel and a host of others) are providing possible solutions to these challenges, albeit the direct impact of the SARS brutality is felt more by the student populace hence, we should all come together to democratically revolutionize the NPF as Nigerian student.
New proposal are on ground to make sure the impact of the Nigerian student is felt in the struggle for #Endsars. It’s a collective effort from different clusters in the society that makes this ideal difference.
Join the train to #Endsars, your hostel might be the next stop!
Together we can make the difference!
Olawole Olakunle (MKO)
National Director of Student Affairs ,