The year 2020 came with a lot of towering expectations and sundry dreams only to be winding down into the history book as "glorious disaster", leaving indelible footprints in the sand of Nigerian time.
Although it is a year of discovery, less contentious is the fact that 2020 for Nigeria has been a roller-coaster highlighted by mind-blowing events and incidents that shook the country's political space.
As the year winds down, Legit.ng brings its readers three major events and incidents that had a ripple effect on the nation from politics to economy, health and security.
1. EndSARS protest
It started like an ember and spread powerfully like a big inferno. The Nigerian political ambience was shuffled and shocked by the EndSARS protests across the country (noteworthy to say is that the country is still on the recovery process).
The EndSARS was a decentralised social movement characterised by a series of mass protests against police brutality in Nigeria which started in October 2020.
The slogan calls for the disbanding of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a notorious controversial unit of the Nigerian Police (NPF) with a long record of human rights abuses.
The demonstration led to the disbandment of the controversial police unit, and also extended its demands towards a good government with the #EndSARS hashtag gaining momentum worldwide.
However, it was later hijacked by hoodlums who used the avenue to loot COVID-19 warehouses, vandalise government and private assets and cause mayhem.
On Thursday, October 22, President Muhammadu Buhari addressed the country, signalling the end to the demonstration.
2. RevolutionNow protest
Although it was described as a political child's play by the presidency, there is no doubt that the #RevolutionNow movement led by Omoyele Sowore, a former presidential candidate, sent a cube of ice into the spine of those in government.
It started as a dissent movement, on August 5, 2019, revolting against the political order and acute leadership failure.
Members of the group, including its leader Sowore who was charged with treason, were arrested, jailed in Lagos and Abuja, with many civil societies condemning the clampdown on protesters who have the constitutional right to protest.
3. Coronavirus and death of Abba Kyari
Coronavirus or COVID-19, a pandemic that started in Wuhan city of China, entered Nigeria in February 2020, plunging the country's economic and political activities into pause.
On Monday, March 23, the country recorded its first casualty as declared by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). And from that point, Nigeria has never remained the same.
On Friday, April 17, former chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari, passed away at First Cardiologist Hospital, Ikoyi Lagos state due to the coronavirus complications.
A trusted friend of the president, Kyari's death shook the whole country. He was succeeded by Ibrahim Agboola Gambari.
Nigeria currently has 67,960 confirmed cases, 63,839 recoveries and 1,177 deaths.
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