It is very important to keep an opening ear to political activists, who may be passing an important information that may help curb the headache of the country. Permit me to bring to you a very vital information that was passed by a political economist and former presidential candidate, Professor Pat Utomi, who described the EndSARS protests as an event marking the arrival of citizenship in Nigeria, added that Nigeria is yet to have a Democratic Government.
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Mr Utomi spoke during a commemorative lecture and public presentation of a book titled: "Remaking Nigeria: Sixty Years, Sixty Voices, on Thursday in Alausa, Ikeja, an event that was held to reflect on the assassination of the former Newswatch Editor-in-chief and youth activism.
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Going straight to the point, Mr Pat Utomi, who nullified Nigeria's democracy because the practice of democracy in Nigeria has been turned upside down, said so because he believed that Democracy supposed to be one that people holds Government accountable, stressing that the kind of democracy Nigeria operate is one that people fear the Government instead of the Government being afraid of the people.
After stating the elephant issue behind why Nigeria is not operating in a true democracy, the political activist said that the only way for Nigeria to have a democracy is until we can make the government fear the people.
In throwing more lights to Utomi's statement, a human rights activist, Femi Falana (SAN), urged the Youths not to be afraid in carrying out peaceful protests, adding that they are backed by the law.
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On her remark, the Director of Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre, Dr Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, said the youths are the ones to liberate Nigeria and that is why we must invest in young people.
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The Director of African Centre for Media and Information, Mr Chido Onumah, said the 2020 EndSARS protests highlighted the disaffection Nigerians feel about the Nigerian Police Force and the leadership of the country. He added that the protest showed the power of Youth Advocacy and the dimension of state of corruption in Nigeria, and the determination of the youths to build together despite facing intimidation.
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