It has been widely reported by the media that the sitting judicial panel of inquiry on #Endsars recently approved through a voting of its members the re-opening of the lekki toll gate which was the epicenter of the #Endsars protest.
This decision seems not to have gone down well with many youths as the social media is currently awash with many complaints from the youths and their sympathizers. As they seem to believe that that proposed re-opening is ill timed, unfair to the people that died during the protest and that the reopening will bring about the much unneeded traffic jam which the toll was hitherto notorious for. The renewed agitation has led to the youth deciding to stage another protest themed #occupylekkitollgate which is scheduled for the 13th February, 2021 to be held at the same location at lekki toll gate. This protest, the youths hope will convince the government to cancel the proposed re-opening of the lekki toll gate.Although, there is now another group also planning a counter protest for the same date and venue themed #Defendlagos led mostly by youths as well as seen on twitter. This groups seeks to discourage the initial group from protesting the proposed reopening as presume any protest is likely to lead to chaos and destruction of properties. Over the past the few days, governments across both state and federal levels have tactically discouraged the #occupylekkitollgate protest by making statements that seems to push the narrative that no protest will be allowed. As a matter of fact, the office of the Attorney General of Lagos released a statement to that effect as well as the minister of information. However, the important question one needs to ask now is; Why is it that the Lagos Government cannot cancel the reopening of the toll gate? If the government is so much concerned about the likelihood of the #occupylekkitollgate protest causing mayhem or chaos then the right thing to do is to accede to their demands right before the protest. Lagos cannot afford any other chaos again.