Well-Done, S.A.R.S.

THIS CAPTION IS THE MOST IRONIC CAPTION I’VE EVER READ.

 Source: BBC

Source: BBC

Over the past few months there has been uproar from the Nigerian youth against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). I’m stuck trying to figure out whether this law enforcement agency is suffering from identity crisis or we are just uncomfortable with their unorthodox mode of operation. Young people have become very afraid of the sector and over time have complained that they have infringed on their human rights severally.

Very recently there was a protest in Osun state over the killing of residents by SARS- as reported by the guardian. Young people can’t go out anymore, whether night or day without fear of being harassed. Interestingly, many celebrities have also been victimized; IllBliss, Reekardo Banks, Mayorkun, Do2tun, Dr Sid, just to mention a few. I am also not left out of this infamous list. Even though mine wasn’t a SARS harassment story, but it was the regular police stop and ask encounter. I guess that should put me on the list with my fellow celebrities, right?

 Source: Vanguard

Source: Vanguard

Apparently, the federal government heard the cries of victims and potential victims which prompted action from the office of the vice president. On the 15th of August 2018, the vice president ordered an overhauling of the sector. This is to usher in a total revamp of the agency and reinstall calm and a sense of safety in the hearts of the Nigerian youth.

This swift action observed in government today is due to the trend of young people taking to social media to air their views without fear of repercussion. Although, there has been an attempt by the government to regulate the usage of social media in disseminating information in Nigeria, but until they make any heads way in that regard, we shall continue to use the platform to scream for change and share funny videos –because laughter is good for the mind.