Few weeks back, the whimpering cry to put an end to police barbarity and maladministration started in the most populous country in Africa, Nigeria. The youths have finally proven to be the giants as they arose to demand for their human rights and freedom.
The #EndSARS movement started after a video of the Special Anti Robbery Squad SARS shooting at a man in Lagos emerged on the social media. This created anger and an outpour of aggregated exasperation for justice by many youths who are no strangers to such brutality and browbeating done by the police division unit.
Action was taken further after celebrities such as RunTown and Falz tweeted about a protest. It was no surprise that in just few hours the streets were full of young energetic people the next day, chanting #EndSARS with several individuals having at least an experience to share about being physically assaulted, extorted or sexually heckled by the division unit.
Several other International Celebrities including P Diddy, Trey Songz, Viola Davis, Jonathan Mcreynold, Kanye West and many others have all shown massive support to the youths in Nigeria who has failed to back out despite the government reforming the SARS to SWAT, with the main reason that their demands were not met.
With protests persisting around the country and even outside the country, one viral event that has stood out in the midst of it all is that of the Christians that have finally arisen from their religious nature, pious belief and church mind to eventually, bravely stand up for justice and guide the country towards a reformating destination.
At the foreground of this innovation is the several young vibrant gospel artistes who have often been a subject of criticism by some set of religious believers who believe their style of music and their nature of life isn’t matching up with their doctrine. This movement has indeed changed a lot about the people’s perception of the church and the Christian youths.
One person who has been at the vanguard of the reformation and the recent viral “Prayer Walk” which has vigorously augmented the internet and is currently being observed in several states is the award winning rapper and Afro gospel singer, Samuel Imo popularly referred to as “Limoblaze” who alongside other members such as Angeloh, Gaise Baba, Protek Illasheva, Gil Joe, Amose, John Kosh, Tola Omoniyi among others started a prayer walk in Lagos as a way of interceding for the country.
The prayer walk movement have since moved from Lagos to other states, including the FCT, Portharcourt and Kaduna where several miracles were recorded including that of a man dropping his clutches to walk.. The prayer walk has shown that our Christian youths are indeed not just physically ready to take over territories but also spiritually prepared to subdue kingdoms.
So far, several lives has been recorded to have been won by the movement with the likes of veteran artistes such as Tim Godfrey, Onos Ariyo, Sammie Okposo also joining in the protests. Pastors aren’t excluded in this movement as the likes of Godman Akinlabi of the Elevation Church, Pastor Sam Adeyemi of DayStar Christian Centre, Pastor Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Paul Adefarasin of the House On The Rock Church, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo of the Trinity House have all urged the government to listen intently and urgently act on the demands of its citizens.
With the protest and prayer walk still ongoing in several cities and states around the country, this period has indeed been one that has long been waited for, if not for anything but for the fact that a reformation isn’t just starting in Nigeria but a transformation is also being experienced in the Nigerian system by the actions of the Christian faithfuls.
Written by Ayo Deji Samson
Edited by Ogundimu Tomisin Lola
Graphics by Jagz Creative