Nollywood actor, Williams Uchemba, who was among celebrity at the forefront of the #EndSARS protests has questioned why the demonstrations continued after the government acknowledged their demands.
The protest in Lekki, Lagos State, took a bloody turn on Tuesday evening, with soldiers shooting no fewer than 15 protesters dead and injuring many others after the state government had announced a 24-hour curfew earlier that day.
Uchemba in a recent interview said, “It is about control. That is why you have brakes in your car. It is to know when to stop or slow down, and when to accelerate. At a point, the protests got out of control. They started doing parties at the toll gate. We were all asking for the same thing – basic amenities.
“I know, constitutionally, you cannot use curfews to stop a protest. But maybe, we could have tried to work with the government just for that day. There was peer pressure on most of my colleagues. I know some of them that were pressurised to go out on the streets, even when the government had given us airtime. The pressure was more from the fans. ”
The actor added, “We had it at some point and I was telling people that the climax of the protest would have been the candlelight vigil. The next day should have been about strategy. It should have been about ‘what is the next thing? Now, we have those people where we want them.’
“Because we already had that, we should have just not overshot. We should have waited for them to completely implement everything we were asking for regarding police brutality. They met us halfway on the #5for5 demands.”