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Opinion: How Organizers of Endsars Memorial Protest Can Ensure That Protest is Not Hijacked by Hoodlums

It is usually said that when the use of a thing is not understood, insult becomes inevitable. This was the actual situation that played out last year during the Endsars protest. A protest that was meant to register the grievances of Nigerians against police brutality was hijacked by hoodlums. This led to the killing of unarmed protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate last year.

However, as the memorial protest is set to hold at the Lekki Toll Gate tomorrow in honor of the slain heroes of last year's, there is a dire need for organizers of the protest to ensure that the protest is not hijacked by hoodlums.

One way of doing this is to ensure that every protester is duly registered and scrutinized before they come to the protest ground.

One of the reasons why last year's protest was hijacked by hoodlums was because many youths who might not have been well educated on the difference between a protest and a riot were part of the protest.

Having said this, there is a need for the proper education of protesters on what a protest is. In addition, people of questionable character should not be allowed to join this year's protest.

This will go a long in ensuring that this year's protest does not turn violent like that of last year.

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