Since the Coronavirus (COVID-19) was detected,
there have been more protests on the African continent.
In Abuja, the Nigerian capital, over 200 women and girls took to the streets in protest against sexual violence. The protest campaigners carried placards in their hands reading “NO MEANS NO” “DOMESTICATE THE CHILDS' RIGHT ACT IMMEDIATELY! PROTECT OUR CHILDREN! “Justice for all Nigerian girls and women.” The Friday protest was the latest planned by the campaigners to draw government’s attention to the wave of rapes and other sexual violence actions against women and girls.
A 22 –year old student, Vera Uwaila, died after been raped in a church building in the southern city of Benin. This drew women and girls, and campaigners’ attention and called for a mass protest action to draw authorities attention to the barbaric act.
“Our children are dying. Women and girls are dying daily, enough is enough.” Dorothy Njemanze, one of the protest organizers cried. Ms. Njemanze said she and other campaigners were eagerly watching the politicians and other decision makers on what they would say and do for sexual violence and other forms of sexual misconduct in Nigeria.
CONVID – 19 PROTEST IN NIGERIA
A group of CONVID-19 patients undergoing treatment at an isolation unit in northeastern Nigeria protested against what they call “Ill Treatment” by the government, local media reports. The nearly 20 patients forced their way out of the treatment facilities in the Yamaltu Deba local government area. According to the Mr. Kwami, the Commissioner of information and culture, said “the protesting because they misunderstood their coronavirus status.” Mr. also attributed the patients’ protest to among other things sharing of bathroom. He said one of the patients was suffering from the ailment which other patients were not comfortable sharing bathroom with the patient.
Ant-government protest in Monrovia Streets
In January 2020, the Council of Patriots COP, a civil organization called for a mass protest of all citizens against the Weah led government for economic mismanagement of the country’s economy and massive corruption in government. The COP bought over 300,000 protesters including people in their 70s and 80s.
Thousands Protest in Liberia for George Floyd’s Murder
Hundreds of protesters marched the streets of Monrovia the Liberian capital for the painful death of George Floyd. The young and middle-age angry people carried placards reading, “Being black is not a crime”. “Black is being human!” The protesters marched to the United States embassy in the diplomatic enclave – Mamba Point in Monrovia.
Speaking to news men briefly, Mr. Foday, head of protesters said the purpose of their action is to draw Washington DC’s attention through its embassy near Monrovia for the brutal killing of George Floyd, a black man in the US. Liberians are not noted for protesting against foreign or International actions. Floyd’s death meant more to Liberians at home and abroad. Liberians are known for complaining their national government to the US Government for political and economic wrong doing in Liberia. Liberia is among few countries in West Africa to join the global protests for George Floyd’s death at the hands of US police.
COVID-19 Protest/GO SLOW in Liberia
Medical practitioners and care providers at the Military clinic 14 near Monrovia are on a protest and ‘Go-Slow’ for salaries and other promised ‘incentives’ by the Liberian Government.
Two major Nigerian cities
swallowed up in RAPE protests
Huge and massive protests rocked the foundations of Lagos and Abuja on Tuesday, June 8. The protesters were responding to continue rapes, sexual violence, assaults, and mindless killings of women and girls as young as 14 years in Nigerian cities and villages. The protesters uncompromising as they in loud shouts and cries demanded justice and protection from states and Federal authorities. It can be recalled most recently when a 22 years old Miss. Vera Omozuwa, an undergraduate at the Benin State university was brutally murdered by four men. Sadly, she was under pregnancy. Another university student, Azeezat Shomuyiwa of Ibadan University was also killed in her parents’ home in Ibadan, Nigeria. An 18-year-old undergraduate student, Miss. Bello Barakat was raped and killed. Her killers are yet to be arrested.
On the protesters’ list are 12-year-old student who was raped by 11 hard-code criminals and an 18-year-old woman, Jennifer, attacked, raped by a gang of 5 men in Kaduna State.
In the city of Lagos, Nigeria’s now commercial city, the protesters who came from organizations, non-governmental institutions, marched around the city, stormed the city’s police station challenging security agencies with the hope of raising concerns and demands for justice for the victims. The protesters placards read “No Means No”, Stop the killings and rapes” “We have rights to our bodies.” “We are not chickens and goats; neither are we slaves for your killings”.
Nigeria is Africa’s largest and more populated country, and its largest economy but crime rates are very high and common.