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?