Nigerian Youths at Lekki Toll Gate,Lagos,Oct.2020


Adaku Efuribe
3 min readOct 23, 2020

It’s been over 48 hours since we watched a live video showing people dressed in army uniform, shooting at protesters at the Lekki toll gate of Lagos Nigeria. Lagos which happens to be the commercial nerve centre of Nigeria and the entire country has been in mourning since then. What started as a peaceful protest against police brutality in Nigeria has evolved to unarmed protesters who were singing the National anthem whilst waving the Nigerian flag at the Lekki toll gate massacred.

Nigeria is bleeding at the moment, but we must not let our beloved country go up in flames!

I watched a News report on CNN where a gentle man when asked by a news reporter why other world leaders have not stood up for Nigeria, just the way they did for France. World leaders marched hand in hand in protests in Paris when the country was under attack by extremists. The gentleman boldly uttered a statement which has given me some sleepless nights, he said- ‘Black West Africa is not a priority’. In other words, Nigeria the most populous black nation in the world does not matter and the survival and safety of black West Africa is not a priority for the USA.

Although this gentleman is entitled to his own opinion but I must say he does not have any atom of human empathy and sympathy and I wouldn’t want to associate myself with such a person.

We have seen horrible videos of citizens being shot at close range and these videos are all over the internet. A lot of people have been traumatized by watching such videos and many believe the leadership has failed in protecting lives and property.

I spoke to a few Nigerians and I must say the level of depression and anxiety has soared over the last few days. Many people reported they have not slept since the night of 20.10.2020. Parents are missing their children; the hospitals are filled with people injured from gunshot wounds and army brutality. I have provided a little bit of counselling and coaching through my health promotion project-AYPWA as much as I can and will continue to do so. I have extended my free coaching and medicines information sessions on Fridays by four more hours to help fit in extra appointments.

Over the last few years, I have read theories upon theories talking about the breakup of the country. It is no longer news that the constant lack of security and daily killings by people the Government choses to call ‘bandits’ have caused untold emotional trauma, depression and hardship across the Nation. We have numerous IDP’s scattered across the length and breadth of the country.

To redeem our country and save it from total collapse or full-blown civil war. We need the right people in leadership. Nigerians need to have leaders who are empathic and able to diffuse any form of violence and break up. At the moment securing lives and property seems to be on our top list of priority and we have not seen efficient progress in this area.

An effective leader upholds truth and integrity. He preserves the trust and confidence given to him by the people.

The present Nigerian Government needs to up their game and fulfil the promises they made to the citizens who voted them in.

Stop killing Nigerians!!




Adaku Efuribe

Forbes Ignite Featured- Creates Social Impact & Sustainability | Health Promotion Ambassador |UN SDGs Advocate