Nigeria’s bad governance is to blame for SARS police brutality
I cannot sugarcoat it. The Nigerian police have been brutal, atrocious, callous and most unprofessional in carrying out their duties. For SARS, <strong style=“font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit;“>every progressive young Nigerian is a suspect, as are those with dreadlocks, ‘flashy’ cars, expensive mobile phones and laptops. The men of SARS haven’t only been killing Nigerians; they have effectively been killing dreams and future leaders.
Government at all levels has failed Nigerians. Not only has the Buhari-led APC government woefully failed to live up to its responsibilities, it has now unleashed police and military might on unarmed innocent Nigerians, the same people they swore under oath to serve and protect. If the world ever needed a proof, this is it.
While police brutality is currently gathering global interest, it is only one of the many problems that have bedevilled Nigerians since Buhari became the President in 2015. The ongoing protest is about insecurity as much as it is about bad governance. Insecurity is only a reflection of a systemic failure which has eaten very deep into the fabrics of the Nigerian nation.
The people of the Nigeria Police Force are the product of a society which has little to no regard for societal values, but rather respect that justice goes to the highest bidder. It is a society that is deeply rooted in corruption, mediocrity, nepotism, unaccountability, and lack of stewardship. The ‘giant of Africa’ is being led by politicians who are not only incompetent and irresponsible, but also apathetic and insensitive.
Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo says he is ashamed of the Nigerian government after reports that soldiers opened fire on those protesting against police brutality in the country’s largest city, Lagos.
Nigerians have been demonstrating nationwide every day in recent weeks against a now disbanded police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars), which has been accused of extrajudicial killings and abuse.
Ighalo said in a video message on Twitter that while he rarely talks about politics he could not stay silent about events back home. He was joined by several other athletes, including boxer Anthony Joshua, basketballer Chiney Ogwumike and footballer Victor Osimhen, in condemning the violence