At 11:49 am today, the official Twitter account of the Lagos State governor, Jide Sanwoolu released a series of tweets announcing a 24-hour curfew within the state, taking effect at 4 pm. This comes on the heels of a similar curfew imposed yesterday in Edo State.
This curfew does not seem to make a lot of sense to the average person. Lagos State is perpetually plagued with traffic jams that can often triple normal travel times. With the #EndSARS protests, the amount of time required to get between two destinations have increased further. It seems inconsiderate and downright impossible for people to in various parts of Lagos to be in their homes within the 4-hour period allowed by the tweet.
This curfew does not have to dent the protests. Here’s a couple of things you can do with the 24-hour curfew.
1. Regain your energy
It’s been a long 12 days of protests. Protesters and people who have helped keep the protests running are undoubtedly tired. This curfew is an opportunity for you to rest up and gather your strength.
2. Attend to personal affairs
If you’re like me, you’ve probably neglected other aspects of your life to attend the protests. This is a good time to catch up on work and personal affairs. Tidy your room and return those emails. Say thank you to Sanwoolu for this break time.
3. Regroup and restrategise
This curfew gives us a great opportunity to examine what we’ve done so far, where we’ve been lacking, and areas we can improve. It also gives us a minute to think about how to prevent the protests from being hijacked by thugs and hoodlums. We have a great opportunity to improve our processes.
4. Online protesting
This curfew gives us the opportunity to rekindle the online protest which has managed to grab the world’s attention. We can double down on efforts to reach far and wide and make our voices heard.
5. FaceTime your partner
You’ve probably neglected your partner these past few days because one or both of you have been out protesting. Now you have the time to catch up on Facetime and love up. Na who dey alive dey cuddle.