Nigerians are beginning to act with a sense of awakening. In the space of one week, all sorts of negative news have rocked the nation, and the resulting protests have gone a long way to discourage future occurrences of such evil acts.
So much attention was drawn to the issue of rape a few days ago as protesters stormed the COZA (Commonwealth of Zion Assembly) branches at Abuja and Lagos on Sunday, protesting against rape, as embattled pastor, Biodun Fatoyinbo, was accused of rape by Busola Dakolo, wife of Nigerian singer, Timi Dakolo.
Though there’s no case brought against the pastor yet, the issue of rape has been condemned like never before, and has emboldened some rape victims to come out of their prison. It has also been a learning point for many Nigerians who seem to previously have misjudged the line between consent, rape, and what allegations can be made against a man of God.
While we were still battling that, in another sad occurrence, a Nigerian senator, Elisha Abbo was caught on camera repeatedly hitting a defenceless woman about the face in an adult shop in Abuja. While the man’s wife was still busy crying “He is innocent!”, the viral video led to another protest and an online petition with over 60,000 signatures as at the time of going to press. Nigerians are demanding that the senator step down and the hashtag #SenatorStepDown has also been trending on social media.
Following the public outcry to prosecute the senator, the Inspector General of police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has ordered his arrest today, Wednesday, and the Senate has begun a probe into the senator’s activities and assault against women.
Meanwhile, I heard with one ear that Buhari is rethinking his nationwide cattle colonies after the loud and resounding backlash from Nigerians. I don’t want to believe yet sha because that man is very stubborn.
Truly, there is power when we speak with one voice.
In any progressive nation, the people don’t hesitate to speak out against things they’re not in support of. And when people speak in one voice, the government listens. This is how our Nigeria should be.
In a country where people’s rights have been trampled upon repeatedly, it is understandable that many people have accepted such as our reality in Nigeria. But within a week where people have dared to speak out against evil, it shows that there just might be hope for a better Nigeria.
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