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Why are African Leaders Ignoring Nigeria?

There is a genocide currently taking place in West Africa, Nigerian Police have been spraying live bullets at Nigerian youths protesting against the excessive use of force, rapes, and murder by the infamous and anti-robbery police force.

Anger over the rampant abuse by the police’s loathed Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) erupted into widespread protests about two weeks ago, drawing thousands of people on to the streets.

However, African leaders are silent, going about their normal corruption routines and political rallies while the men they occasionally sit and dine with are committing crimes against humanity.

There has been an uproar focused on SARS and the youth, who claim grave treatment for showcasing any kind of flashy lifestyle.

Before mass murders and thousands of injuries, the Nigerians took to social media in a campaign that garnered millions of impressions and attention from the high and mighty from countries from different continents.

The Nigeria government had announced it had disbanded SARS, but as usual, the trend of lying and renaming the force or reshuffling the heads was unacceptable so the youth took to the streets, unknowingly many would not go back home.

Kenya for instance is a member of the UN but has been silent over the matter when people like the US presidential candidate Joe Biden have urged the president and military “to cease the violent crackdown on protesters in Nigeria, which has already resulted in several deaths.”

“The United States must stand with Nigerians who are peacefully demonstrating for police reform and seeking an end to corruption in their democracy,” Biden said in a statement.

“I encourage the government to engage in a good-faith dialogue with civil society to address these long-standing grievances and work together for a more just and inclusive Nigeria.”

Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s president has also been silent while his citizens face injustice, as the president the man should be called out by his fellow comrades, as a matter of fact, the man should be impeached and put on trial for his role in the bloodshed that is being witnessed in his country.

The silence by fellow presidents and people in power in the continent is loud. If they do not see anything wrong with what is going on in Nigeria, best believe WE ARE NEXT!

 


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