Following the continuous outcry of police brutality among other happenings in the county, popular Nigerian singer identified as Runtown, poured out his heart about the worrisome state of the nation in an article published on The Guardian.
The singer started off by saying that many citizens of the country have now resorted to saving up enough money to take their exit from the country and seek greener pastures elsewhere. This according to him has quickly become the Nigerian dream.
He noted that the rate of people leaving the country has taken a strong hit on the medical sector as many Nigerian doctors are leaving the country to pitch their tents in more favorable climes.
Runtown in his article charged newly elected leaders to be reminded that there is an urgent need to address the case of police brutality in the country so as to create a livable environment for youths.
“Imperative for incoming leaders, both elected and appointed, to note is that there is a hanging duty to deflate the rising tension that stems from police brutality and an urgent need to make Nigeria livable for the youth. As it appears, saving up enough money to exit the country has now become the Nigerian dream. It has been said that the country loses a worrisome number of doctors to the UK, US and Canada every year and what’s worse is that the Nigerian healthcare system is in dire need of doctors.” the article reads.
Still on the issue of the worrisome displays of some officers of the Nigerian Police, Runtown expressed that he is constantly enveloped in a state of personal fear as his lifestyle easily positions him as a possible target for SARS operatives. He added that there is also the fear of losing a loved one to brutality displayed by officers of the law.
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He said : "My heart has recently been replete with rumblings as a result of fear. Fear for my safety and perhaps more intense, the fear of losing a loved one to what has now become an unceasing demonstration of negligence by some officers of the Nigerian Police Force.
“As a young Nigerian who very well fits the description of what members of the now controversial anti-cultism/robbery unit of the police force, SARS (known for perpetuating this menace) consider a target, I occasionally feel uneasy.”
Concluding the article, the singing talent said that the promise of the police being friends of citizens has become more far-fetched than ever. He, however, charged citizens to remain resolute in their faith and keep hope alive.
He added that he looks forward to a time when officers who are supposed to instill a feeling of safety will no longer inspire fear, a time when Nigerians will no longer have to run away from their own country and a time when elected leaders will uphold integrity and deploy empathy.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously gathered that actress Omoni Oboli, used her social media platform to call out Nigerians who have made it a habit to criticize celebrities that come out to speak up on topical national issues.
She expressed that Nigerians are a difficult bunch to please.
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