Nigerian youths are not backing down and are protesting round the clock, even all through the night.
As has been done for days, some End SARS protesters pass the night at the protest grounds at the Lekki toll gate and outside the Lagos State House Of Assembly Alausa, Ikeja. To ensure overnight protesters are comfortable, camping tents have now been set up for them. There are also mobile toilets available for protesters at the Lekki toll gate.
Despite the IGP’s announcement that SARS has been dissolved, Nigerian youths insist the protest will continue. They have released a list of demands, tagged the 7 for 7, which they insist the government must meet to show they are serious about ending SARS and not just paying lip service as has been done in previous years.
The youths insist the protests will continue until these demands are met.
The struggle is no longer about just scrapping SARS, they are now agitating for an overhaul of the dysfunctional governance that has killed their dreams and made Nigeria mired in poverty.
So, the hashtag has changed to #ReconstructNigeria and #7for7.
The youths are demanding institutional reforms, reduction in the cost of governance, emergency declarations in the health and education sectors and youth affair reforms.
Here’s what the #7for7 is all about in their own words: