Despite official coldness, Nigerians mark EndSARS anniversary
By Akpo Ometan
Despite official coldness, Nigerians are marking the first anniversary of the EndSARS protests, and most notably the shootings at the Lekki Toll Plaza in Lagos, Nigeria which generated worldwide umbrage in the wake of its happening at this time last year.
In Lagos on Wednesday, young entertainers including Falz de Bahd Guy and Mr Macaroni were part of a group of mourners that had a driveway procession around the vicinity of the Toll Plaza.
In Abuja, former presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore and the activist, Deji Adeyanju were some of the notable persons who took part in the remembrance activities.
On social media, news and reports of the anniversary are trending with very many weighing in and linking the events of last year to the myriad of other debilitating difficulties being experienced by Nigerians at notably the economic and security fronts.
Earlier on Tuesday also, the likes of Inibehe Effiong, Lanre Arogundade, Richard Akinola, Pat Utomi and Femi Falana participated in a session of reflections that was held in Lagos. It was a three-part colloquium that took place at the NECA House, Ikeja, Lagos and which focussed on 35 years after the assasination of Dele Giwa, One Year after EndSARS and the presentation of the book, Remaking Nigeria.
On its part, the Nigerian authorities are insisting that the remembrance activities are largely unnecesary, even as they allege that the incident and fallouts are being trumpeted by enemies to give the country and the Buhari adminstration a bad name.