The nationwide protests demanding for abolishment of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), a unit of the Nigeria Police Force, has gained the attention of international media as well as international celebrities.
In the past few days, thousands of Nigerians have taken to the streets to protest against extortion and brutality by SARS operatives in a campaign that has continued to gain global attention.
On Friday October 9, the hashtag #EndSARS was the number one trending topic worldwide on social media platform Twitter.
Some of the celebrities expressed concern that Nigerians are being brutalized, extorted and murdered by their own people as they lent their voice to the ongoing cause. Few of them include Trey Songz, Chance The Rapper, Lil Baby, Nasty C, Juls, Estelle and many more.
American singer-songwriter Trey Songz tweeted that after doing some research he would like to “speak out against what’s going on in Nigeria right now. Their pleas to #EndSarsNow IS VERY REAL. I have so much love for my Nigerian fans and it’s so hurtful to hear whats happening.”
After doing a little research I would like to speak out against what’s going on in Nigeria right now. Their pleas to #EndSarsNow IS VERY REAL. I have so much love for my Nigerian fans and it’s so hurtful to hear whats happening.
— Trey Songz (@TreySongz) October 10, 2020
Songz added: “Police brutality here in America often is an abuse of power driven by race. To be brutalized, extorted and murdered by your own people is unimaginable. Prayers up and I’m researching ways I can help. #EndSARS.” He also quoted a tweet by Davido on the matter and said: “I stand with you”
Police brutality here in America often is an abuse of power driven by race. To be brutalized, extorted and murdered by your own people is unimaginable. Prayers up and I’m researching ways I can help. #EndSARS
— Trey Songz (@TreySongz) October 10, 2020
American rapper Big Sean on his Twitter page said: “Love to Nigeria, Nigerian roots!!! #EndSarsNow “
Love to Nigeria, Nigerian roots!!! #EndSarsNow 🇳🇬
— Sean Don (@BigSean) October 10, 2020
Fellow American rapper Chance The Rapper while using the hashtags #EndSARS and #ENDSARSNOW, enquired for more information on the #EndSARS campaign: “I just started reading up on this travesty taking place in Nigeria. If you have more info to dispense in the replies I’m all ears https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/End_SARS”
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) October 9, 2020
Grammy-winning British singer and actress Estelle Fanta Swaray tweeted “Come on! #Nigeria #EndSARS” along with a number of emojis expressing disappointment and anger.
The “American Boy” singer in response to a Twitter user who said “ESTELLE for the culture!!!!!!!” responded with: “This if For my continent. For my relatives!!!! For humanity. Cannot continue this everyday everywhere!!!! #EndSarsNow”
— Estelle (@EstelleDarlings) October 9, 2020
American singer Justin Skye lent her voice towards the hardship faced by citizens and called for prayers.
What’s going on Nigeria is absolutely heartbreaking 💔 #EndSARS this year has really been too much on us all globally. Please don’t forget/continue to pray 🇳🇬
— Justine Skye (@JustineSkye) October 10, 2020
South African rapper Nasty C expressed his disappointment on Twitter: “World is f**ked up & the people that are supposed to serve & protect are often the biggest problem smh. #EndSARS”
World is fucked up & the people that are supposed to serve & protect are often the biggest problem smh. #EndSARS
— #ZMWSP (@Nasty_CSA) October 10, 2020
British-Ghanaian Juls tweeted: “Standing with my Nigerian family! Prayers ! Flag of Nigeria #EndSarsNow #EndSARS”
— Juls Baby (@JulsOnIt) October 9, 2020
The Grammy-award winning American singer offered up prayer for the country. She wrote: “we need each other now more than ever! praying for you nigeria #EndSARS”
we need each other now more than ever! praying for you nigeria 💚 #EndSARS
— Ella Mai (@ellamai) October 10, 2020
American rapper Lil Baby simply tweeted the #EndSARS hashtag.
#EndSarsNow Word To 🇳🇬
— Lil Baby (@lilbaby4PF) October 9, 2020
Fast-rising rapper MoneyBagg Yo also waded into the conversation saying that he was praying for the country.
Praying 4 Nigeria 🙌🏾
— Big Bagg (@MoneyBaggYo) October 9, 2020
British rapper Drappy called for the immediate abolishment of the police unit.
#EndSARS with immediate effect!
— Dappy (@TheDappy) October 10, 2020
The American gospel musician joined the #EndSARS movement on Instagram, noting that the country has rocked with him for 20 years.
We had reported yesterday on how Cardi B, another US rapper, asked for a summary of what was going on in Nigeria while showing concern.
This was followed by British-Nigerian actor John Boyega who launched a series of tweets calling for change and attention to the “pressing problem”. He also retweeted multiple tweets in support of the protests.
What’s going ? Can you give me a summary so I can research later ….you know I love Nigeria 🇳🇬 https://t.co/jHKFS3M1K2
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) October 8, 2020
The youth in Nigeria deserve good leadership and guidance. This situation is tied to many other issues. Please lend your attention to this pressing problem! #EndSARSImmediately #EndSarsProtests #EndSARS #EndSARSProtest
— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) October 9, 2020
There have been street protests taking place across the country, including in major cities like Lagos, Abuja, Osun, Oyo, Anambra and Ibadan.
The renewed protests against SARS started last Saturday after a video showing a man allegedly gunned down in Delta by operatives of the police unit went viral.
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