Songwriter, singer, rapper, lawyer and social activist, Folarin Falana, popularly referred to as Falz, is of the opinion that Nigeria would by no means be the identical once more within the wake of the #EndSARS protests that attracted international consideration.
The entertainer famous that with the fervour and unity exhibited by Nigerian youths prior to now weeks, he was optimistic that the way forward for the nation regarded brighter. He said this at a webinar organised by a gaggle referred to as We Transfer Naija.
He added, “I’ve by no means seen a Nigeria as united as what I noticed through the protests. The youths had been so united. Nonetheless, the query for many individuals now could be, what subsequent? I feel it’s work in progress. The battle has certainly not ended. Majority of the work lies in citizen schooling. Individuals have to know their rights and what the Structure says. For a while, I’ve been informing my followers on social media about what the regulation says about particular points however I made a decision to commit my assets and efforts into making it a full-fledged present after I realised that many individuals had been unaware of sure issues.”
The multi-award winner additionally averred that hoodlums who disrupted the protests did that as a result of they didn’t know higher. He mentioned, “The phrases, ‘hoodlums’ and ‘thugs’ had been thrown round loads lately. A hoodlum is a median younger man like me who doesn’t know higher. No one was born or destined to be a hoodlum. They only want extra schooling to allow them to know they don’t have for use by politicians to wreak havoc.”
Falz additionally enjoined youths to concentrate on the subsequent election cycle in 2023 to make substantial inputs to the political course of. “As we’re approaching 2023, it is vital for us to begin preparing. It will be an enormous yr for our future. You will need to begin getting our everlasting voter playing cards.
Lots of people don’t perceive sure issues like the method for recalling an elected official. For instance, if someone who’s representing you within the Nationwide Meeting will not be doing what the constituents need, you’ve the facility to take away him. The ability of the individuals is bigger than the individuals in energy. We have to work extra intently with each other,” he mentioned.
Deploring the spiritual and tribal colourations that had been added to the protests, Falz said, “We have to discard all of the spiritual and tribal sentiments which have been thrown round lately. They’re simply techniques by individuals attempting to tear us aside. We have to preserve the vitality going.
Keep alert and register to vote. We’d like extra clever individuals in authorities. These previous few weeks have proven us that the individuals we now have in energy are very shallow. They’re simply there to embezzle cash. We’d like individuals who know that they’re there to serve us and never for them to be worshipped.”
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