DJ Switch, the Nigerian disc jockey, says the #EndSARS protest that occurred last year changed her life for the worse — and also for good.
Switch, whose real name is Obianuju Udeh, took to her Instagram page on Wednesday to commemorate the first year anniversary of the incident that took place around the Lekki tollgate axis of Lagos last year.
On October 20, 2020, soldiers had opened fire on unarmed youths protesting against police brutality at the tollgate.
To honour those who lost their lives during the protest, youths had staged a demonstration on Wednesday across different parts of the country, chanting solidarity songs.
Earlier, the Lagos police arrested two persons at the tollgate. It also fired tear gas at the protest scene.
Videos from the protest ground showed the security forces using pepper spray and manhandling protesters.
In the post, DJ Switch condemned the attack on protesters at the #EndSARS memorial in Lekki, Lagos.
She also laud celebrities and other Nigerians who turned up en masse.
DJ Switch wrote: “On this day, last year, 20.10.20, we were filled with hopes that young Nigerians took a solid stand. Through all the government’s antics, lies, counter-protesters, and thugs that were sent to attack us.
“We stood our ground! When the Nigerian government exhausted all its poorly planned tactics. They unleashed nothing short of evil on its citizens.
“I’ve not been able to talk today. And I cannot imagine what others who had it worse, feel! I am so proud of our young generation of leaders and our celebrities that have shown great leadership.”’
Narrating how the movement changed her life, she added: “I also must say, it is not a one-day affair. This is a fight for the very fabric of our nation! My life changed on this day for the worse! But I also believe it changed for good! I now know what it means to need something so bad…
“And that need for me is a better Nigeria! To the youths who risked it all today in order to remember 20.10.20, are in every bit Superman/Superwoman! Thanks to @davido for an anthem to remember!
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