Chief Government Officer of Neskil Built-in Provides and Huge Pee Leisure, Oluwasola Ajisafe, is keen about grassroots politics, good governance and folks improvement.
He’s an activist for change and has championed a number of initiatives focused at knowledge-sharing, consciousness creation and folks empowerment.
He spoke to Adeola Ogunlade on the #ENDSARS and his want for justice to be served on the Lekki capturing
What knowledgeable your activism?
My late grandfather was a detailed ally and good friend of Chief Obafemi Awolowo and my father did properly by educating my siblings and I to be politically savvy however to not make politics our sole life ambition so we aren’t dwelling on the mercy of others in energy and out of concern.
Nonetheless, we have been taught to face for reality, humanity, transparency, justice and equity; to contemplate having title and fame as being extra necessary than stealing. Thieves, corrupt and insensitive leaders can by no means have an interest within the development of a nation or the progress of others – together with the younger and the unborn whom they continually have mentioned are the leaders of tomorrow.
One of many earliest impressions I had about life was a narrative my father advised me about how he stood as much as his cohorts within the college as a scholar union government and charged them to be upright of their service to the scholars that elected them to face as representatives in steering and figuring out their destiny and pursuits inside the establishment and externally.
Inside the Nigerian context of politics, honesty and integrity in governance are broadly recognized to be missing whereas corruption, embezzlement and elected leaders and officers prioritize their private pursuits selfishly to the detriment of the those that elected them to serve.
I started to see my father in a brand new mild after that story. He was a hero in my eyes and never only a father. I didn’t know then, nevertheless it appears I made a unconscious resolution to at all times communicate out and be vocal for my rights.
In fact, it was onerous as a result of nearly all of Nigerians will at all times recommendation you to “be silent and let the mad man move”. In different phrases, endure injustice so you may see one other day within the land of the dwelling.
And I adopted this for some time nevertheless it will get onerous after some time. The individuals remembered in historical past all have stood for one thing and a few even died for it. However a minimum of, they have been remembered. That is my gasoline, my drive and my motivation, to be remembered as one who made a distinction in grassroots politics that led to a brand new breed of citizenry, a change in goal thereby paving the best way for greatness in our land.
It would take years for such an ambition to be achieved on a widespread multi-cultural degree seeing that our cultural background and tribes performs a giant function within the Nigerian ecosystem nevertheless it has to start out from someplace. Inter-tribal unity, oneness no matter tribe can’t be over-estimated it must be within the nearest future.
Was the #ENDSARS battle definitely worth the battle?
(Sighs deeply) That’s a troublesome query. As a result of it’s probably not about getting rapid outcomes however about growing individuals’s consciousness concerning the energy that they’ve, liberating the lots from tyranny and the brutalities that we’ve confronted for years.
Whereas it didn’t actually get outcomes, I strongly imagine someplace sooner or later, this dam of concern and subservience will break. It’s cracking now and I can guess my life on it that with time it can bust and usher in a brand new Nigeria. Not one which was handed to us behind our backs.
The Nigeria of in the present day is a rip-off and a lie and a mirage. That is what we hope to vary in our lifetime for our kids. I don’t need my youngsters to develop up asking “However Daddy, what did you do about it?” Though, I’ve misplaced rather a lot as an consequence of my involvement in #EndSARs rally I belief that my household will probably be pleased with my endeavours and participation sometime.
Why did you determine to affix within the battle?
I made a decision to affix due to my private experiences, the loss I’ve skilled from the maltreatment by the identical unit of the police pressure. Seeing how the federal government dealt with the COVID-19 palliatives meant for the lots, each regular human must be crucial of the federal government. Individuals have suffered and so they proceed to endure, the second occasion was confronted with mass police brutality too as we already envisaged
What have been your experiences throughout #ENDSARS?
Traumatic. I nonetheless have nightmares and could also be seen a therapist quickly.The times that adopted after I escaped the scene was tormenting. Remembering a number of those that fell at my very aspect and but the denial by the military and authorities.
We falsely relied on the thought that we have been protected since we have been carrying the Nigerian flag, military code of engagement we actually thought. I select not to enter the gory particulars as households have been thrown into confusion whereas some displaced and nonetheless attempting to choose up the items from the aftermath
Justice will probably be served in due time regardless of how onerous the powers that be attempt to cowl the story and reality. I fled as a result of I do know it like I do know my title that if I keep again, the worst could come, and i’ll not be concerned in any protests for justice and good governance. The danger to my household is one I can’t be egocentric about. As a younger father, I made a decision to not flip my spouse right into a widow, and my toddler son a fatherless child.
It’s been a troublesome resolution, however you know the way the police will boldly say it to your face: “If i shoot you nothing will occur”, If I’m “cancelled” over proclaiming our rights, combating for Nigeria, who will give my household justice? How totally different will i be from those who we’re combating for even after the primary version of Endsars, justice nonetheless hasn’t been served until in the present day, an lawyer normal as we all know in the present day, killed and justice nonetheless hasn’t been served.
In case you are if l have given up, positively not, I fled as a result of I would like one thing good to occur, the outcomes we search. I wish to be part of it when it comes and realizing that i nonetheless have an enormous function to play in the direction of the eventual success working with different like minds and cohorts who l gained’t point out as we proceed to attempt for the supply of our mandate for actual change, visionary management and a greater Nigeria.
Has authorities response been beneficial to the craving of the #ENDSARS protesters?
Completely unfavourable, panels have been arrange and now virtually damaged up with notable individuals standing for the individuals regularly stepping down as they noticed the plot to cowl up, twist the story, manipulate the individuals whatever the reality.
The federal government continues to be ambiguous of their methods as an alternative of permitting for transparency and the reality. The navy has refused to take part within the panel any additional with the federal government taking part in sufferer to their non-appearance. Management of the toll gate handed again to LCC amidst the continuing investigation and controversy. Clearly the federal government is simply all in favour of its income technology infrastructure. A revolution is the one approach ahead, we will’t hand over now.