The ongoing protests EndSARS has turned to ‘End Bad Government’ in Lagos as protesters now carry placards with inscriptions that the present Federal Government ‘and associates must go.
Our correspondent who went round Lagos roads saw the protesters blocking all roads that lead to the State Secretariat, Alausa and Allen junction, Ikeja, singing unwholesome songs against Governor Sanwo-Olu and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Alhaji Lai Muhammed and other Federal government appointees.
Some of the locations of blocked as a result of EndSARS protests include, Allen Roundabout/ Awolowo road, Ikeja, Agidingbi Road/ Lagos Radio/LTV ,Ikeja, Alausa, Ikeja, Isheri Olowora, Magodo, Agbara, Lagos- Badagary Express Way, Yaba busstop, Lekki Toll gate, Ikotun Roundabout, Arepo, Lagos Ibadan Express way, Mushin Bus Stop, Sadiku Ilasa, Apapa Oshodi Express Way, Ojuelegba, Inward Shitta Roundabout from National Stadium, Multiple road blocks between Ikorodu Roundabout and Mile 12, Ketu and Costain Roundabout.
According to them, “We are tired of this Federal government. We are tired of Sanwo-Olu and his godfather, Tinubu and their associates. They must go. Let them bring Soldiers to come and kill us. It’s better to die than continuous and endless suffering”.
All motorists, except vehicles that brought their co protesters were advised to go back to home, warning that they’ve prepared themselves to have face to face confrontation and clashes with the security men that come to disperse them.
Some motorists were now seen with leaves hanged on the windscreens to show solidarity to the protesters.
Meanwhile, a coalition of young Nigerian women, called Feminist Coalition said it has thrown its weight behind the project with all the necessary logistics and financial support.
The group founded in July 2020 by Damilola Odufuwa and Odunayo Eweniyi claimed that it decided to support the cause of the #EndSARS protesters as its first project to help fight injustice through fundraising, in order to sustain the protests and ensure the safety of Nigerians exercising their constitutional rights.
It expressed that it has provided food, water and other refreshments, masks, medical aid, security, information and legal aid for protesters.
This information was published on the group’s verified Twitter handle @feminist_co.
The group with the name Feministcoalition on foller.me – a Twitter analytics application that gives rich insights about any public Twitter profile, gathers near real-time data about topics, mentions, hashtags, followers, location and more, already has over 105,147 followers but not following any other Twitter handle user and over 36,000 followers on Instagram.
Giving a financial update through its official Twitter handle, the coalition announced that N73,298,499.13 has been raised as of October 17 through crowd funding.
According to the group, donations have been used on first aid, masks, bail, hospital bills, food, water, glucose for protesters and provision of legal aid to protesters arrested during the ongoing nationwide protests.
The Feminist Coalition tweeted: “On Oct 17th we donated N3,520,000 to 11 protests and made a donation to @endsarsresponse for food, water, ambulances, and other support. Total ₦ raised: N73,298,499.13; Total ₦ disbursed: N23,708,280.00. Balances NGN 49,590,219.13, USD 11,474.34, CAD 5,595.89, GBP 5,733.49, EUR 875.42, GHS 1,256.70, KES 53,016.60 and BTC 5.72695197.”
It further disclosed that over N20 million has been disbursed to support the protests in the past few days.
The group in its mission statement said it founded the group having approached 11 other “exceptional women who were equally passionate about changing our country and the role of women in it.”
The group reiterated its commitment to helping the Nigerian youth amplify their voices, as it collectively demand an end to injustice.
Some of the women mentioned as the Founding Members of the Feminist Coalition include Layo Ogunbawo, Ozzy Etomi, Ire Aderinokun, others are; Fakhrriyyah Hashim, Ayodeji Osowobi, Jola Ayeye, Laila Johnson-Salami, Karo Omu, Obiageli Ofili Alintah, Tito Ovia, Kiki Mordi and Isioma ldigbe.