The year 2020 is the most unsual period witnessed by many Nigerians young or old. The year came with so many twists and turns that will make a year that makes the volume of our history books bigger.
However, as the year 2020 officially ends, Legit.ng in this end of the year review article take a look at some of the expected things that happened in the country.
1. EndSARS protest
Definitely, nobody expected a mass movement of Nigerian youths crying out against police brutality and calling for the disbandment of the terrible Special Anti-Robbery Squad, a notorious unit of the country’s police with a long record of abuses.
The protests took place in several cities across Nigeria and gained international attention. Also, demonstrations were organised by the Nigerian diaspora in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland and other countries.
In fact, the hashtag #EndSARS became the number one trend on social media.
2. Shooting and killing of unarmed protesters at Lekki tollgate
This is one of the offshoots of the unexpected mass protest but nobody expected to witness what is now being described as a massacre in this year and century. But on the night of October 20, Army officers opened fire on the peaceful protesters at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos state. About 12 protesters were reportedly killed during the shooting. The Nigerian Army denied the shooting.
3. Covid19 pandemic
Pandemic? Nobody expected this in the year 2020 but it happened anyway and it is still ongoing at the time of writing this report. The virus was first discovered in 2019 in China but no one expected it to affect more than 78.2 million, causing the deaths of over 1.7 million people in the world.
The pandemic has caused global social and economic disruption to the lives and activities of people around the world.
Nobody saw these three things happening in the year 2020.
Meanwhile, on the political scene, Legit.ng reported that due to undisclosed reasons, President Muhammadu Buhari in the outgoing year 2020 relieved some of his political appointees of their duties.
As expected, the sacked appointees were also replaced by others.
Legit.ng takes a look at five prominent appointees fired by the Nigerian president.
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