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The current demonstrations taking place in Nigeria are like nothing we’ve seen before. Yes, we’ve seen protests — often led by various unions — but they [to my knowledge] have never unified so many people with one, unified voice, so fast. A typical protest in Nigeria will have a leader or figurehead of some sort, and maybe some surrounding factions pressing ahead with their individual agendas, and there might be a localised protest for a day or two and perhaps even an open letter printed in the national press.

Targeted at the country’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad [SARS], this movement has no leader, and has garnered thousands of young people with a unified voice, to take to the streets. With a heavy emphasis on peaceful protest, the already week-long protest sees no signs of slowing down. …

Uzoma Dozie

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