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Friday, October 9, 2020

“Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who should have known better, the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most, that has made it possible for evil to triumph.”
– Haile Selassie I
(Former Emperor of Ethiopia – 1930 to 1974)

It's 1,000 ways to die, and SARS ticks all the boxes!

We know... "God forbid" ooo...but imagine you're walking down the street to buy corn from Iya Muri and you're accosted by SARS operatives just because, to them, you "look" like a yahoo boy. You get the picture now? Sadly, this is the reality for many Nigerians and it's not something we can "God forbid" away.

Well, Nigerians decided they have had enough of the extrajudicial killings, brutality and extortion by the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), and took to the streets in major parts of Abuja, Benin, Lagos, Ibadan and other cities in the country to protest with celebrities such as Falz, Runtown, Tiwa Savage, Frank Donga, Mr Macaroni, joining in.

It has become a ritual, a never-ending cycle – kill, protest, promise to restructure...rinse and repeat. We say Enough is Enough. We demand President Buhari direct the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to #EndSARS. It is not a crime to be a Nigerian. Why take the lives you swore to protect? We can't breathe!

Kudos to the protesters who stuck it through the night in Lagos despite the police taking away their tents and putting off the street lights. You are the real MVPs.

We remain unflinching in our demands to #EndSARS and #ReformPoliceNG!

Dear Active Citizens in Ondo State, it is time!

As we warm up to vote tomorrow, Saturday, October 10th, let us have it at the back of our minds that we get to live with the decision we make. So, what do we say to the god of rigging? Not today!

Remember, the code is VP – Vote NOT fight, Protect your vote. Let us all contribute to the conduct of a free, fair, peaceful and credible election.

Local governments (LGs) like other tiers of government are funded and have a budget. Do we know how much? Are the funds being used judiciously and for the purposes for which they're earmarked for? Wait, you don't know? How then do you plan to hold them accountable?

With these burning questions in mind, we are happy to announce the commencement of #myLG project.

Our goal is to have at least one "Citizen journalist" in each LGA. Their role is to drive accountability through different activities. The project kicks off in Ebonyi and Zamfara states with plans to get to the 774 LGs in Nigeria.

Let us join hands together and make our LGs great!

Have a great weekend!
The EiE Nigeria Team

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