#EndSARS: "The silence has ended" - Poet Valentine Okolo hails Nigerian youths


Valentine Okolo, a Nigerian poet and activist has told the government that the era of the youths being passive about the happening in the country is over.

Okolo said this while adding his voice to the ongoing protest against police brutality and bad governance in Nigeria.

In a series, Okolo, who is the author of the bestselling poetry book, "I Will Be Silent", said uniformed men in Nigeria play god and the government cares less. Warning that those that have killed innocent civilians will answer for their deeds.
In another tweet, he said the Nigerian police are known to rob innocent citizens or arrest and jail them without cause. 
He said changing the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) to Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) is not the solution to police brutality as the entire system is corrupt.
He also condemned the attack of peaceful protesters by the police and sponsored thugs, waring that the Nigerian youths can no longer be intimidated as "the silence has ended."
Valentine Okolo, popularly known as Poet Val, is also a filmmaker, and a social activist. 

His works have been published internationally in various literary magazines, including Apogee Journal, Origins Journal, Shot Glass Journal, African Writer and other places.

Okolo recently represented Nigeria among a worldwide community of great Poets.

During the heat of the Coronavirus, 220 poets from sixteen countries around the globe were asked to contribute to a poem which summarizes their personal perspectives on the pandemic and the ensuing lockdowns.

And Okolo was the only Nigerian poet selected for the poem which was published by Muse-Pie Press, a literary establishment which has been publishing award-winning poetry since 1980.

His recent poem, "I Will Be Silent", can be found and purchased on Amazon.

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