Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji has joined the bandwagon of celebrities who are advocating for the abolishment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS.
Taking to her social platform on Friday evening, Genevieve Nnaji admonished the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhamadu Buhari to respond to the ongoing campaign across the nation.
The Nollywood actress pleads with the president to address the youths of Nigeria.
In an open letter to the president on Friday, October 9, 2020; Genevieve narrated how her 13-year-old niece was assaulted by SARS operatives for carrying a laptop.
Worried about Buhari’s silence on the ongoing protest against police brutality, the actress asked the president to address Nigerians and order the police to stand down.
Genevieve Nnaji said;
“I urge you to speak to us because we are not mind readers.
Your house is not in order and was far from stable.
The people aren’t being empowered; neither are they being protected”.
Read her statement below.
The actress also argued that the youths are no longer empowered because the Buhari-led administration has frustrated the entertainment and the technology industry.
She added that if there’s an increase in crime rate; it’s because of the increase in poverty in the country.
Nigerian youths have since Thursday been on the streets of Lagos; protesting and also demanding that the government scrap SARS as a police unit.
As a matter of fact, Nigerians renewed their agitations against police brutality on Saturday, October 3, 2020; after operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) allegedly killed a young man in Delta state and made away with his car.
As a unit of the Nigeria Police Force, SARS, which was established to address and kidnapping in the country; has on several occasion been linked to brutality; extortion; as well as stigmatizing the youth as ‘yahoo boys’.