Nigeria Finds Their Voice With #EndSARS Protest.

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Oscar Saucedo, Writer

For nearly two weeks, angry, young Nigerians have taken to the streets, blocking major roads, across cities in Africa’s most popular nation.  

 

They marched in tens of thousands chanting “Enough is Enough” against police brutality and violence 

 

The group demands were for a notorious police unit known as the Special Anti Robbery Squad, or, SARS, to be shut down, but the marches have formed inti protest, campaign for police reform, and an end to bad governance in the oil-rich country.  

 

One of the popular chants used during the protests was “Soro Soke,” which means “speak up” in the country’s Yoruba language.

It has become “an EndSARS battle cry… a tone of rebellion, a note of valid belligerency and a chant of unification in the Nigerian struggle against police brutality and terrible governance,” wrote Motolani Alake, a journalist for Nigeria’s

Economic inequality has reached extreme levels in Nigeria, according to the United Nation Human Rights Commission, while Oxfam reported that in 2019 close to 70% of the country’s population lives below the poverty line.

Young people under 30 make up more than 40% of Nigeria’s population. They face severe hardship and chronic unemployment. According to Chatham House,” If Nigeria’s unemployed youth were its own country, it would be larger than Tunisia or Belgium.”

Now with this protest movement, they are making their voices heard and speaking up against the violence, harassment, and extortion they say they have endured at the hands of SARS officers.