5 Big Events That Shook Nigeria In 2020
The year 2020 has come and gone, the events that happened therein have become history, the year which many have described as the most toughest year of decades which contained multiple of unpalatable events through which many have died and many were rendered jobless.
We started the year 2020 on a celebration note, no one ever imagined any of the events that happened in the course of the year would take place.
There are many events in the year under review, however, some of those events apparently, had effects on the people than the others.
The 5 major events that shook the country in the year 2020 include the following:
Coronavirus is a disease that broke out in a city called Wuhan in China in late 2019, hence it was tagged Covid-19. It’s a communicable respiratory disease that is causes by a virus which is spread through infected air droplets that is projected during sneezing or coughing.
The Covid-19 Virus spread to Nigeria on the 28 of February 2020 through a White business man who was on business trip to the Country, since then, many Nigerians have contacted the virus which has killed over one thousand Nigerians as at press time including many prominent Nigerians, businessmen, politicians and career men and women.
In a bid to curtail the deadly virus, the Federal government and state governments declared lock down across the country, this made schools, businesses, private and government establishments to be shot down for about 3 Months
Subsequently, many lost their jobs and businesses, while students were out of schools for a long time, this disrupted the school academic calendars across the country, WAEC and NECO candidates were seriously affected as their examinations were postponed on several occasions.
2. EndSars Protest
As Nigerians were trying to cope with the effect of Covid-19 on their works and businesses, some Youth began to protest against the police brutality and maltreatment of Nigerian Youths by the police, most especially the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS)
This protest started on a peaceful note from Lagos and spread to other part of the country with adequate mobilization of youths across board. The initial 5 demands of the EndSars were:
- Disbandment of Sars
- Compensation for the victims of Sars Brutality
- Setting up of independent Commission of Enquiry to the activities of the SARS
- increment of police salary and adequate welfare package for the police.
- Immediate release of all detained Endsars protesters.
The protest was peaceful and meaningful until late October 2020 when some hoodlums hijacked the protest and turned it to a violent one, this led to the attack of the protesters by the Nigerian Army on the 20th October 2020, some protesters were killed at Lekki Toll gate, while some sustained various degrees of injuries.
It was so tough that international community intervened while petitions were written against the government to the international Criminal Court (ICC).
it’s on record that there has never been a well coordinated protest in Nigeria like the Endsars protest.
3. Looting Of Palliative Stores And Private Businesses
As the Endsars protest was brought to an abrupt end, some youths began to attack government establishments and privately owned properties, Lagos as the center of the protest lost a lot to the destructions as BRT Terminal, Nigeria Port Authority, TVC and some other establishment were Burt down.
In the process of this, some irate youths discovered a store where Covid-19 palliatives were kept in Lagos, they immediately carted away everything inside the store within few hours, this prompted youths from other States who also embarked on searching for where palliatives were kept in their states.
The search eventually led to the discovery and looting of many palliative stores across many states in the country, states like Edo, Kwara, Plateau, Benue, Kogi, Kaduna, Osun, and Abuja were not spared.
Some youths were also killed in the process of looting of palliative stores as they moved from palliative stores to looting of privately owned businesses and looting of politicians houses across the country. Some business stores were looted to empty.
4. The Killing Of 73 Bornu Farmers
On the 28th of November 2020, Nigerians woke up to hear the news of the murder of some rice farmers in Zabarmari village of Bornu state by Boko Haram, the farmers who were said to be harvesting their rice were attacked by the Boko Haram terrorists and about 73 of them were beheaded in their farms.
The Boko Haram terrorists claimed responsibility for the murder of the farmers, they claimed they were killed because they were leaking their secrets to the Military.
This sad event was condemned globally as the victims were buried en mass.
5. The Abduction Of Kankara Boys
As Nigerians were being consoled on the killing of the innocent farmers, the news broke again of the abduction of over 600 students of Government Science Secondary School Kankara in Katsina state, by suspected bandits, the Boko Haram later claimed responsibility for the abduction.
However, the students were later released after a negotiation by Zamfara State Governor who claimed he didn’t pay anything for the release of the Pupils.
These 5 big events actually shook Nigeria, they were unforgettable events which shall forever be remembered in the History book. May the year 2021 bring peace and progress for our dear Nation.