End of SARS, beginning of New Nigeria

The #EndSARS protests have left most people baffled even as government itself has been unnerved and at a loss on how to deal with a protest that has not aligned with its experience and established methods of dealing with unrest.

The protests have been decentralised, but still very well-coordinated and sustained by an organised mass of middle-class youth who have no real Monarch but have an incredible number of queens and kings working together for the common good.

It has been a marvel and a testament to the value of education and intelligence. Young Internet-savvy Nigerians have organized themselves enough to achieve excellent distribution of information, t-shirts, first aid boxes, legal support, and food to over twenty different protest locations.
They have taken turns to lead and when any spell of leadership has faltered, they have been quick to remove the situational leadership and stay committed to the principles that started the protests.

As impressive as these things have been, one ignored factor has been the blurring of tribal lines. These protests have been propelled by young people from every tribe and region. This is a key factor that spells doom for the long reign of incompetence Nigeria has had to deal with due to tribal battles for resources. This has been what derails what should be straightforward walks to progress.

Gender discrimination in politics is also definitely going to be much less of an issue for the coming generations. There will be some pushback as tempers now lost for the sake of the protests are regained and less progressive sections of society are drawn into the engagement but the process has been kick-started and will be seen through.

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A key angle will be the success of the areas that embrace inter-tribal cooperation and gender equality. The statistics are clear and show that societies that prioritize merit over tribal alliances and make full use of both genders have significantly more socioeconomic prosperity.

But old habits die hard so we must understand the need to focus on dominating small sections of society initially and showing proof of concept.

The areas where this new Nigerian spirit is accepted should be focused on. There should not be an unduly high focus on debating with the less progressive sections. It is far more productive to focus on initially delivering results in the places where this openness is acceptable.

2020 came with an absurdly high number of challenges but its last quarter might just have triggered the rise of Nigeria.