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apr 28

Afrika Nå: #EndSARS in Nigeria - did youth change Nigerian politics forever?

28. april, kl. 18:00-19:30
Fellesrådet for Afrika, Union of Nigerian Nationals in Norway og African Student Association UiO
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In October last year the world witnessed widespread protests over Nigeria's hated Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in demonstrations named #EndSARS. The police in the country in general have a bad reputation for corruption, brutality and disrespect for human rights, but especially SARS officers have developed a notoriety for profiling young people. In fact, a report from Amnesty stated it documented at least 82 cases of torture, ill-treatment and extra-judicial execution by SARS between Jan. 2017 - May 2020.

The #EndSARS protests have become a symbol for broader resentment and opened the path for marginalized Nigerian youths to get an outlet for bottled-up grievances against the government. Having been called "lazy" by President Buharu, Nigerian youth have shown the world they have a voice to be reckoned with. But what does Nigerian youth want? Do they unite over a common cause? And will they be able to effectively organize and change the current political establishments in the country in the 2023 elections?

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