Nollywood filmmaker, Charles Novia has reacted to the outcry towards SARS by stating that almost all Nigerians are impolite to armed law enforcement officials.
In keeping with him, such is unsuitable as a result of a policeman with a gun deserves respect whereas he’s nonetheless holding the gun.
His publish comes following the killing of Kolade Johnson who was hit by a stray bullet from a SARS officer.
Learn his Twitter thread under.
One morning in January 2018, after I was nonetheless resident in Abuja in my 4 12 months hiatus within the metropolis, I drove out of my home in Guzape, and as I drove previous the NNPC gas station, a police patrol crew of males with menacing appears on their faces waved me to cease on the street.
A Policeman walked as much as me, whereas his colleagues stood just a few metres away with weapons of their palms.
One of many issues we Nigerians assume and do wrongly most instances is to look down on the Policemen once they cease motorists. We don’t disguise the disdain on our faces most instances after we see them and typically we speak down on them.
I’ve all the time believed that is unsuitable. I’ll not like the way in which the Police function at instances however I don’t get impolite to any of them after I see them at checkpoints. The person with a gun in his hand is to be revered for these few moments he has that gun undecided in your face.
So, after I see any Nigerian Policeman at any checkpoint, I greet them warmly. It doesn’t matter if the particular person holding the gun might need murdered somebody. That gun in his palms is a weapon of the State, a supply of his energy and an authority for him to kill and assume later.
‘Good morning, Officer of the Federal Republic of Nigeria’ I hailed on the stern-looking man with my beaming smile as he glanced by my window, his eyes looking the automotive.
‘Good morning, Sir’ he replied and stared at me for just a few seconds.
‘How is figure, Officer?’ I continued with the identical politeness.
‘Work is tough, Sir. Oga, you appear to be an excellent man. Drive on. I can see you’ve some white hairs. you aren’t the form of particular person we’re searching for.’
I used to be interested in how the few white hairs on my head may give me a free go from this man and I requested, nonetheless with a smile and my eyes on the gun he had…simply in case; ‘Officer, what sort of ‘particular person’ are you searching for, if I’ll ask?’
He checked out me and a wry smile flashed on his lips. ‘Younger Males. These ones who’re younger and drive flashy automobiles or any younger man in any respect. They’re primary suspects. They’re criminals. They’re Yahoo Boys. Any younger man is a suspect.’
I appeared on the SARS insignia on his vest and sighed.
‘Have a pleasant day, Officer’ I stated. He waved and I drove off with a burden on my thoughts.
If Policemen in Nigeria are going after younger males for frivolous causes, taking enjoyment of incarcerating younger individuals with the belief that everybody in that vary is a prison, then the Nigerian state is at conflict with the youths within the nation
There’s a fixed mantra I grew up listening to. I feel Bob Marley or Peter Tosh coined it in a music within the early 70s.
‘Don’t Blame The Youth’.
I don’t assume the Nigerian Police nor the Nigerian Authorities know what they’re coping with if they permit this crass harassment and intimidation of the youths proceed.
The anger of the youth is flamable. The day an rebellion would start towards these injustice, it will have been far gone. Each younger man largely in Nigeria sees and paperwork what the Nigerian Police does to their technology. They preserve it of their minds and maybe say nothing
However like what occurred through the Tiananmen Sq. rebellion and the Tottenham Riots just a few years in the past in China and London, the brimming anger would discover launch at some point in unison by these younger individuals and we’d have a disaster in our palms.
As a result of the Nigerian Police ‘too do’.
How can a younger and promising man be killed in a soccer viewing centre by stray bullets a few days in the past by a SARS crew in Lagos as a result of the police was searching for a younger man with dreadlocks?
How can younger Nigerians with dreadlocks mechanically change into suspects by the Police and are randomly arrested and accused of unproven crimes? I’ve learn chilling tales of younger males on-line giving narratives of how their dreadlocks appear to set off the Nigerian policemen.