I start this article with a lot of discouragement and sadness, although I have a little bit of optimism because without optimism I would not even be writing about this at all.
The country has been in a dilemma for a while now and the youths are once again in the middle of it. Just like what happened in October, the youths are once again lending their voice to what they believe in. As usual there would be two sides and it is always dirty at the end of the day, even though the fight is a good cause.
What is sad about this particular one is that the youths are playing in a turf they don’t know about and they are acting like they are veterans already. Even though the call is a good one and the fight is just, the approach is once again flawed. We are not patient neither are we trusting enough to believe that the process will actually work.
Everyone knows what is wrong but nobody is calm enough to actually say “This is how to get out of it”. Even the few that know, they are not given the audience to speak. That is why anybody that brings up an idea is always tainted. Just like the government has always been saying that the EndSARS protest was sponsored and political, and all it took was for the one promoted campaign from Venezuela to show the true colors of some of the people behind the campaign.
The biggest win of the EndSARS campaign was that there was no leadership, it was a movement of the people, by the people and for the people. It was the people that channeled it and fuelled it and it was a success to an extent.
As we continue to use social media as a tool for change, we should also know that the real change is outside of social media. Social media should continue to be a tool for change but change cannot happen online, it has to happen offline because lives, real lives are affected.