As a Catholic, I have seen Priests baptise and christen new born babies; giving them the names their parents have chosen for them and baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. It’s quite an angelic sight to behold, you know. However, an individual may choose to be rechristened as they grow in life. There would not be another water baptism, but such a person’s name can be changed; thus, giving that person a new identity.   

Now, we can say that what happened in the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) a few days ago was only a process of rechristening or rebranding, as you may choose to view it. The Inspector General of Police who had just dissolved the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit – a unit which has been a menace to the youth over the years – launched another unit called Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team, a few days later.

Do you now understand how much of a joke these leaders take us for?  


The fact that the same body bears a new name does not make that body different. It only gives it a new identity, and before long, we would be telling the same stories under a different banner. Let the IGP not kid himself.

What baffled me was how fast this SWAT team was created without addressing the havoc the SARS unit caused to Nigerian youths and their families. We were just talking about SARS a few days ago, and days later, the fools decided to bring in more individuals with the same mind-set under the umbrella of SWAT to continue to harass the youth. You cannot add a new fabric to a torn and filthy cloth; the cloth will still remain useless!

A new wine in an old bottle will make the bottle burst.

cf: Mark 2:22

What do we want?

As youths, we have given our demands – #5for5 – but I’ll summarise it.

What we want is a reformed system! Not a system that gives new names to dead things, but a system that has the interest of the people – the youth – at heart. We want a Police Force with trained officials. We want an end to all kinds of units that only see the word “thief” written on the foreheads of Nigerian youths. We want civil men, not hungry savages who are depressed by the job they do. We want leaders who will lead us well.

Till we get what we want, we will continue to lend our voices to the cause, however we can. #EndSWAT #EndSARSnow! #Endpolicebrutality


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