The past three weeks of Nigeria’s EndSARS protestshave me listening again to late Nigerian Afrobeat star and political activist Fela Kuti’s “Sorrow Tears & Blood.” The song, released 42 years ago, is about the violence and psychological terror inflicted by Nigeria’s uniformed officials, in particular the police and army. Fela bemoans Nigerians’ reluctance to rise up, singing in pidgin English: “My people sef dey fear too much!“
Well, this year young Nigerians have had enough. And unlike their parents, they are no longer afraid.
Nigeria has been a proudly democratic country for 21 years, but its law enforcement and military retain many of the worst habits of a previous era. The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) is an elite, corrupt force involved in everything from citizen harassment and unlawful arrests to kidnappings and extra-judicial killings. Young Nigerians, particularly anyone with signs of wealth but no obvious links to power, are regularly targeted and “arrested,” and their only hope of release is paying an extortionate amount of cash.
One of the most criticized personalities in Ghana are celebrities and this hinders them from voicing out on bad governance and leadership. However, a few celebrities have voiced out on such matters to the extent that some have even taken on positions in political parties.
Just today, Majid Michel who is currently downhearted because of issues regarding leaders and governance took a sad message to Instagram. He was so down in the dump that he finally had to speak his mind concerning issues which he currently can’t keep mute about anymore.
Aside him denouncing the issues concerning branching into the pastoral work, he has proven himself worthy of the title with the kind of messages he puts out there. Such a powerful message from him deserves the attention which it has gotten now.