Notable Nigerian celebrities have joined the campaign against police brutality, extrajudicial killings and extortion on social media via the hashtag, #EndSars.
Recall that a team of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police allegedly killed a young man on Saturday, October 4.
The incident occurred in front of Wetland Hotel, Ughelli in Delta State.
The operatives allegedly shot the citizen; and likewise left the scene in the victim’s vehicle – a white Lexus jeep.
Their actions led to a general outcry by Nigerians; who are calling for an end to the brutality from SARS operatives. The hashtag, #EndSars has been recurring on the social media platform, Twitter for several years, however, in the last couple of days, celebrities have aired their pleasure in the ill-treatment of Nigerians, especially youths in the nation.
Stars such as Big Brother Naija host, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, artistes- Falz, Tems, Wizkid, Naira Marley and also a handful of others have lent their voices to the cause.
On Sunday, October 4, Afrobeats superstar, Wizkid specifically addressed President Muhammadu Buhari in a post on the microblogging site, Twitter.
He went straight to Buhari on Twitter after the president’s account tweeted a goodwill message to the President of the United States of America Donald Trump as well as his wife who have tested positive for coronavirus.
“Donald Trump is not your business!” the 30-year-old singer said.
Reacting, Wizkid in a tweet via his Twitter account on Sunday blasted Buhari for not responding to the outcry in Nigeria.
He also urged the government to do something about the incessant killings of poor Nigerians by Police officials.
“Donald Trump is not your business, old man!
“Police and SARS are still killing Nigerian youths daily. Do something!
“ Nothing concerns you for America.
Face your country,” he said.
Runtown to lead the protest on October 8
Nigerian artiste, Runtown has volunteered to lead #Endsars against police brutality and harassment on Thursday, October 8.
The popular singer announced this on his official Twitter page, following the ongoing public outrage against Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
He called on Nigerians to take action as everyone has had enough of the police brutality.
“This has gone long enough and now we MUST take action!
I’ll be leading a protest to #ENDSARS on Thursday, October 8th 2020.
They MUST listen to us, they MUST make/effect REAL and VISIBLE changes!
Empty promises won’t work this time!!!”
Earlier, 1st News reported the statement published controversial Nigerian artiste, Naira Marley pertaining to the #EndSars campaign. More Nigerian entertainers and socialites have also advocated for the abolition of the unit.
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