The coordinated series of protests, motivated by the youth’s dedication to the End SARS hashtag on social media started as a peaceful one but it has soon degenerated into an avenue for mass violence. As portrayed by recent happenings in several parts of Nigeria, the protests have been hijacked by thugs and hooligans who consider this an opportunity to loot shops and rob people.
In response to the increasing rate at which these protests were becoming violent, curfews were announced in States with the highest amount of violence. An example is Lagos in South Western Nigeria. Some moments after the curfew was announced in Lagos state, the mass shooting of protesters at Lekki tollgate was reported. The perpetrators of this evil were alleged to be the Nigerian military.
Hillary Clinton, the former presidential candidate was displeased by this act and using her social handle, posted her concern for what was happening in Nigeria. She urged the military and the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari to put an end to the issue.
In 1993, a military takeover from the civilian president, Shehu Shagari by the current Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari was observed. This whole scenario may play out as Karma. There has always been hushed speculation of a potential military takeover but current Chief of Staff of the Nigerian Army, Lt. Col. Tukur Burutai has not once nor twice, affirmed his loyalty to the President. However, you never know with the Nigerian military. We can never be too sure of anything.
Whenever a situation in Nigeria becomes drastic, the Nigerian military is often deployed to strategic zones in other to counter these situations. It has happened before and no doubt, it could happen again.