“Nigeria Is A Dictatorship With A Democratic Face”: DJ Switch Tells CNN’s Becky Anderson
DJ Switch was on CNN yesterday 18th November with Becky Anderson to give an eyewitness account of what happened during the Lekki Toll Gate shooting.
Earlier, CNN had released an in-depth and damaging report into the shooting. They pieced together video evidences that showed soldiers opening live rounds into peaceful #EndSARS protesters. CNN also interviewed several protesters who were survivors of that night.
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DJ Switch who’s fled Nigeria for Canada after several threats to her life was interviewed by CNN’s Becky Anderson. During the interview, she shared how the Nigerian government is a full-blown dictatorship masquerading as a democratic one.
“I do not hold what the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria says to heart. Nigeria is a dictatorship with a democratic face. I think that is primarily to please the international community. It is our right to protest for the change that we demand. This government has used force from the beginning.”
“Nigeria is a dictatorship with a democratic face.”
Nigerian activist @dj_switchaholic speaks to @BeckyCNN from hiding, telling her about the horrors she witnessed at an #endSARS protest, and why she says she can’t trust the Nigerian government. pic.twitter.com/yJ6PO2yznD
— Connect the World (@CNNConnect) November 18, 2020
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Switch real name Obianuju Catherine Udeh who has now been granted asylum in Canada said she was only lucky to have come out of that night alive as many are dead now.
“What I experienced that day was the worst experience of my life. The Nigerian army that is supposed to protect us came with no warning; none. There was no representative to speak to us. We heard gunshots from behind the Toll Gate because we were at the other side of the Toll Gate, we heard the gunshots and people were running so what we did was to sit down, stay still and wave our flags.”
“We believed that if we waved our flags, they would know that we were not there to cause any harm but to express our rights. There was no warning, they just started shooting and people were just dropping. I cannot explain that it was just a chaotic scene that most times, I find it difficult to close my eyes without seeing those things,” she said.
DJ Switch told Anderson that after the army had left, the police surfaced. “After they left, the Nigeria Police came, SARS to be precise. From the uniforms we could see especially a man that wore white, I don’t know who he was but he had a pistol. He was just shooting at us and we had to run for our lives.” she said.
She said the government is using its resources to go after peaceful protesters.
“My career is gone, all my bookings are gone. But I am happy that I have used my platform to do this. I don’t want to run forever. I want to go back home, I don’t care if they pick me when I get home,” she said.
On October 20th, the #EndSARS protests in Nigeria came to a grinding halt when soldiers opened fire on peaceful protesters in Lekki Toll Plaza.
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