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The End Sars Protests need metamorphosis to #EndNigeria

It is the freedom of the nations within Nigeria that holds the keys to the prosperity of the regions and the people.

The End Sars Protests need metamorphosis to #EndNigeria

By Adeola Aderounmu

Adeola

In recent days, running to weeks, protests have emerged across Nigeria. Mostly, young people from all works of lives are calling for an end to police brutality.

This is my first reaction to the protests. Obviously, a lot of people can’t find me on facebook because l deactivated my account during the summer and l tried so hard to stay away from it.

On twitter, l have not used the hashtag end sars for once. But on my microblog on instagram, my own hashtag still remains #ENDNIGERIA.

I am in full support of the end sars protest. However, l am also following the process as it develops because the goal definitely cannot be to end (only) police brutality and have the other situations as usual. I understand the demands have grown to 7 point agenda.

The agenda may grow to 100 point agenda for all it is worth.

As it is today, and as l have called for in the last couple of years, Nigeria must end, any demand or list of demand short of putting an end to the misery called Nigeria is half-baked bread.

Let me make my points clearer.

If you have been following my blog, it would appear that l am responsible for the end sars protest as a disguise for the calls l have made here and on my micro-instagram blog. On several occasions and very consistently and persistently, l have written that we have a long walk to freedom and we have to end the order of things in Nigeria to even begin to formulate a way forward.

The nations entrapped in Nigeria must be free, at all cost and by any means. It is the freedom of the nations within Nigeria that holds the keys to the prosperity of the regions and the people.

It won´t be eureka when the nations emerged but it should serve as the first step to securing the future of the indigenes today and the unborn generations tomorrow.

I want to live in a Yorubaland that is akin to the biblical fable paradise. I know it is a mirage to have such a dream now that l am 48. But l have nephews and nieces and l want their children and children’s children to inherit that land that l dream of.

That land is not possible under the present useless unitary system in Nigeria. That land is not possible together with other people whom l don’t share anything in common with and whose sole aim it to remain parasitic on me and suck the hell out of my existence. I need to break free before my young family members and their born and unborn children can inherit that land l dream of.

The closest thing to my dream was the Western Nigeria that existed before the 2 useless coups of 1966. Now, we have to even take more radical steps to ensure that when l break free this time, no stupid human being can rope me and my ethnic group into one useless union or country that has refused to progress for more than 60 years.

Read my blog to know my views and all the ground breaking theories l shared about Nigeria. Don’t judge my state of mind by this article alone.

If we die as Nigerians, and not as free members of the different nations entrapped in Nigeria, our lives have been wasted and we were good for nothing, just like our parents.

Nigerian politicians must not go unpunished even if the regions or nations emerge. All the useless people and politicians who have stolen our commonwealth, built houses in Dubai, London and US and who kept several billions in safe havens outside Nigeria should be punished. They should only start to think about being members of the new order in their respective nations after coughing the monies they stole. Those monies will go a long way in the rebirth of the nations.

Many politicians and military gangsters forming statesmanship ought to rot in jail for the rest of their lives.

I don’t know where end sars protests will culminate but if it does not bring about the independence of the nations and the freedom of the people, it still fall short of what l have advocated for and in my recent microblogs, l wrote that while we think that we have made progress, we have only actually deceived ourselves and before we know it, we are old and dying.

Again, let me be clear. The emergence of the nation may even lead to war and violence and fight for power and supremacy. Still, it is better than to live in perpetual slavery in Nigeria. I know it won’t be that bad because the end sars has shown that the indigenes trapped in Nigeria can actually cooperate to achieve common goals. Imagine how sweet and smoother it will be if they spoke the same language, wear the same clothes, share a common identity and a proud heritage. I think it will be much better.

I could go on as usual, because once l start to write, l drift and l almost cannot stop.

Summariy, l am with you, THE NIGERIN YOUTH. AT 48 and after many years of blogging and risking my lives coming in and out of Nigeria, it is good to leave the batton and see how you carry on.

I am with you not until the end of sars but until the end of the fraud called Nigeria. I hope to tarry long.

All the points on your agenda are what you need to take to your respective nations when you get your independence. Those points will be the start of new code of conducts for you and the people you would elect in your new nations. If the nations don’t emerge, you are going back to square one. Save this post and read it again in 2023 if you allow the useless APC and PDP to linger.

APC and PDP are criminal organisations. INEC too, is a criminal organisation. All the politicians are criminals. Sars is an offshoot of the criminal organisation called the Nigerian government. So this is beyond sars and we all know that.

I always say it is a long walk to freedom. If you stop at end sars and if the nations never emerge, the end sars protests will sustain the monsters in the system. It will bring forth new opportunists and they will be more brutal than what you have bargained for.

The freedom from Nigeria is now or never.

aderounmu@gmail.com

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BA Lies Grounded (By Respect Nigerians Coalition)

Written by Respect Nigerians Coalition

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press, on May 1, 2008, British Airways issued a Statement supposedly in defence of the action it took on March 27, 2008 over what it considers to be the unacceptable conduct of its Nigerian customers aboard the BA75 flight from London Heathrow to Lagos. Ordinarily, making such a statement should have been accepted as a responsible approach to dealing with the issues at stake, except that the Statement is far from responsible. Worse still, it is a wicked insult on the integrity of its fare-paying Nigerian customers.

When people who run an airline of the calibre of British Airways make the peddling of lies against customers an instrument of corporate policy, they not only demean themselves and the otherwise great institution they represent, they also abuse the trust of society. It is therefore incumbent upon decent people everywhere to expose them for what they are – little-minded people invested in prejudice and suffocating folly.

The British Airways Statement began by saying they “regret the upset that the events onboard the BA75 to Lagos on 27th March have caused in Nigeria”, yet the very next statements that followed this indicate that the last thing they’re feeling is regret. They repeatedly state that “the decision to offload passengers was made in consultation with and on the advice of the UK police, and the sole aim of this decision was to ensure the safety of our passengers, aircraft and crew”. But if this indeed was the case, why were these same passengers thoughtlessly offloaded from the plane just because a few of them dared protest the unjust treatment meted out to one of them? Was this the best course of action in the circumstances, considering that BA precipitated the protest by inviting the police and making false statements to them about Mr Ayodeji Omotade who was subsequently manhandled, arrested, stopped from travelling for his brother’s wedding, banned, had his money confiscated and his luggage damaged and held up for over a week?

However, the worst of BA’s lies was the claim that their crew were subjected to physical assault. It is instructive that throughout the coverage of this affair in the British media, BA had ample opportunity to state this (if it was indeed the case), but never did. Of course, they never did, because it never happened! The police who attended the scene never received a report to this effect and never took any statement from any member of staff supposedly physically assaulted. The police arrested only one man, Mr Ayodeji Omotade and his arrest was not based on assault of anybody. He was arrested on the presumptive ground of affray, but up till now, over two months after, he’s yet to be charged for any offence. Yet, curiously, after over a month, BA suddenly realized that their staff had been physically assaulted and felt convinced enough about this to make it into a press statement in faraway Nigeria a day after the ultimatum given to them by our organization, Respect Nigerians Coalition (RNC) expired!

BA obviously sought to undercut our resolve to make the airline see the benefit of being a good corporate citizen by cooking up this terrible lie! How was it possible that in a place supposedly under “very serious” disturbance by passengers and which needed about twenty to twenty-five police officers to restore peace only one man was arrested? How was it possible that in an enclosure like a plane, with cameras, crew and security operatives watching, only one man was arrested and not for physical assault on anybody? We have challenged British Airways in a face to face meeting with its Executives (which included Mr Adrian Mcloy, the BA Country Representative) at their Lagos headquarters to name the member(s) of staff supposed to have been physically assaulted, but they couldn’t!

We also want to use this opportunity to correct certain erroneous impressions presently making the rounds in the public space. The first concerns the idea that British Airways had made an apology to Nigerians. This apparently emanated from the report in the Nigerian Punch newspaper of Friday, 2 May, 2008 which carried the story of their press release titled “British Airways regrets the maltreatment of Nigerians“. We are hereby attaching a copy of that press release to let you see that there was nothing indicating an apology anywhere in that Statement. The fact that they claim to express regret does not indicate they’ve apologized. As shown above, the Statement is an exercise in contradiction, obfuscation, subterfuge and outright fabrication. It is indeed an insult on the collective intelligence of Nigerians! However, we note that even in criticizing British Airways, the Nigerian Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Chief Michael Aondoakaa accepted this erroneous impression that the British Airways has apologized. They haven’t and we need to clarify this.

Secondly, we note the intervention of the British High Commissioner, Mr Robert Dewar. The Nigerian Guardian newspaper of Wednesday, June 4, 2008 reported him as apologizing to the Federal Government of Nigeria over the incident in question when he paid a courtesy visit to the Nigerian Minister of Information and Communications, Mr John Odey. We find this a curious diversion, not only because we have no issue with the British government, but also because Mr Dewar only went on to restate the lies peddled by the airlines in the guise of apology! At any rate, we do not think the issue concerns the British government. British Airways may be a British company, but it’s not owned by the British government. It is owned by shareholders, some of whom are Nigerians. We assume that all of these shareholders have a social conscience and would not want to be associated with a company steeped in discriminatory and racist practices – a company too vain to apologize for a wrong inflicted on its Nigerian customers.

Crucially, we want to use this opportunity to thank millions of Nigerians and well-wishers who have heeded our call to boycott British Airways goods and services since Thursday, May 15, 2008. They have made us very proud and strengthened our belief in the rightness of our action. The feelers we are getting right now are that British Airways is being hit by the action and they are running from pillar to post seeking ways to stop the bleeding. Of course, they know what to do based on our five demands; but they wouldn’t do so, because it is not in their nature to apologize to Nigerians, even though they’ve done so in the past when it concerns other people. We are deepening this campaign with more actions. At this point we can only ask people to continue supporting these actions once they’re announced. You can always get information on details of the campaign from http://www.respectnigerians.com and http://www.nigeriavillagesquare.com, two flagship websites that we employ for this campaign. Please, watch this space, because we are not giving up until BA does what is right by Nigerians and our common humanity.

Finally, we thank you, the Press. We thank you for your unstinting support throughout this campaign. Without you, Nigerians and well-wishers would not have been able to heed this call. Without you they wouldn’t have been able to understand the issues. Without you we wouldn’t be here. Without you British Airways would have ran roughshod over us with their well-oiled public relations machine, silencing the voice of a nation and all decent people worldwide. You know what this fight is about. You know it is not just about Ayodeji Omotade and the 135 passengers on that flight. You know it is about human dignity and national respect.

Please, keep the flag flying! We appreciate all you do. You make us proud, very proud!

Signed:

Tosin Awotesu
Ebi Bozimo
Ishola Taiwo

(For and on behalf of Respect Nigerians Coalition)