The #EndSARS protests will go down as one of the most important highlights of Nigeria’s history. Few days after the country marked its 60 years of independence, young Nigerians took to the streets to call for an end to police brutality. The peaceful protests were coordinated across different states in the country with a uniform demand to end police brutality and reform the Nigerian Police Force.
As we saw with #EndSARS protests, young people can lead, organize, innovate and contribute to nation-building. In rebuilding post-COVID-19 era, young people must be engaged in sustainable ways. Governor AbdulRazaq AbdulRahman of Kwara State has demonstrated his trust in youths by engaging young people in his government and allowing them to take up important roles in his administration.
Nonetheless, we call on the governor to be deliberate about youth development and empowerment in the post-COVID-19 period. For sustainable development to be achieved, every state must invest in its youth and leverage the opportunities they create for growth. We also demand that the budgetary allocations for health, education and youth development be increased to match our current realities.
We believe that these sectors are critical to the development of the state and its quest to attain sustainability.