Idealism of a law student

Idealism of a law student

Injustice alone can shake down the pillars of the skies, and restore the reign of Chaos and Night.

Horace Mann

20.10.2020.

It has been a week and four days since Nigerian youths from different socio-ethnic backgrounds, came together to protest years of police brutality from a section of the Nigerian police called, SARS.

Due to corruption and a lack of accountability, these men and women (sadly), have disregarded the law and acted with impunity. This has led to large reports of extortion, kidnapping and in most cases Murder.

I haven’t been able to process my feelings over the events of the past week. I at one point, questioned if my feelings were valid as I was what one would call a ‘bystander‘. I wasn’t present at any of the protest venues nor did I feel I contributed anything other than my voice via social media. So I believed that this in some way diminished my right to feel how I did.

I later concluded that, I did have the right to feel every negative emotion, especially seeing how this event changed my mindset concerning my chosen career.

There is a sense of idealism I realised I had when it came to my career. This is the same idealism I believe most law students have. A belief that everyone should be held liable for their actions and the guilty, regardless of their status, should be brought to justice. This has been my guide, providing an extra push to continue studying when it was the last thing I wanted to do.

All I wanted was to see a perfect world, one case law at a time.

Now I admit it was an idealistic view, one most people would call foolish even. The world isn’t perfect, never has been. As the years go by, the world gets darker and more chaotic. People get more confused and self-absorbed. It makes you begin to question the importance of everything.

Till date, no one has been held accountable for the deaths that occurred on the 20th of October. No one has been investigated in response to the demands of the protesters. Instead, there has been more deaths, occurrences of police brutality and theatrical display by the “leaders”.

Should we begin to accept that maybe justice might come so late, it can be said to have been denied?. I and many others, are yet to accept this.

Delay of justice is injustice.

Walter Savage Landor

Notwithstanding the negativity surrounding what happened, there is one silver lining I would hold on to.

My generation might be the generation of change, very different from the previous generation. It has been tagged as the “soro soke” generation. A generation where people speak up against all forms of injustice.

Yes, my idealism was painfully shattered, but through its cracks, a zeal not be tired nor weak when faced with injustice seeped in. A zeal to fight injustice (as difficult as it definitely would be) not just on a large scale like national protests, but also in my private life.

My goal no longer is the expectation of a perfect world, but to ensure that I play my part in this chessboard called life, impacting the people and situations I find myself.

I hope this becomes your goal as well.

It’s every man’s business to see justice done. 

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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