Browsing: #EndSARS

“Sòròsókè: An #EndSARS Anthology,” is a collection of poems written by Nigerians both at home and in the diaspora. The anthology is a compilation of the poetic solidarity of the activism of Nigerian youths during the #EndSARS protests of 2020 against the reaction of the Nigerian state to the protesters, especially the alleged murder of innocent protesters at Lekki Tollgate, Lagos. 

Peter Obi, their choice, is contesting on the platform of the Labour Party that, in political parlance, is said to be a party that currently has “no structures.” The term “structures” here is taken to mean physical party offices across the 774 LGAs in Nigeria; membership across the 774 LGAs in Nigeria; and a fair spread of elective office holders. These structures or machinery are deployed to ensure that the party has champions who can drive votes at the local level, protect these votes through party agents and sometimes use state resources and influence, even illegally, in swaying issues at critical times to favor the party. The question is whether the Labour Party with very little of all of this, can win a presidential election which translates to receiving a majority of the vote and over and 25 per cent of the vote in at least 24 of the 36 states.

So far, so excruciating! But, from the look of things, it’s like Nigerians ain’t seen nothing yet, given the prevailing socio-economic conditions in the country. Why do I say so? Well, despite the troubling status of Nigeria’s economy, with many Nigerians becoming dangerously poor – the poor remaining poor; or, getting poorer – it is important to note that a certain bloc in the Nigerian power elite still holds the notion that Nigeria’s economy has not only recovered from recession but also improving quite remarkably