Burna Boy & Diddy Join #EndSARS Movement, Launch Relief Fund For Victims Of Police Brutality

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Burna Boy has bowed to pressure from fans and finally joined the #EndSARS campaign which seeks to abolish the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a rogue tactical police unit plaguing Nigeria.

The singer issued a statement on Saturday announcing that he has established a relief fund, PROJECTPROTECT, set up to provide financial, medical, and legal resources during and after #ENDSARS protests.

“I have created a sub-fund under my charity – The Reach called (@ProjectProtectng) to help protesters that are wrongfully harmed/arrested by SARS during and after these protests. This is a fund for the people by the people,” he wrote.

His statement comes after criticisms from his fans and Nigerian youths who expressed disappointment over his silence concerning the week-long protest held across the country.

However, in a post on his Instagram handle while announcing the birth of his project, Burna Boy said the protest should not be about him but about deeper issues

I have ALWAYS been here Fighting for my people anyway and anywhere that can possibly bring genuine progress and not for any Political gain, accolades or public validation. I have tweeted, spoken, sang for years, I’m Glad everybody now sees the need to do more. So let’s do that, each of us, in his or her own way. Follow @projectprotectng #ENDSARS #ENDPOLICEBRUTALITY #ENDYOUTHPROFILING,” Burna Boy said in the post.

The Grammy-nominated Afrobeat star also announced that American hip hop star, P Diddy, had made the first donation to the relief fund.

Confirming that he is a part of Burna Boy’s project, P.Diddy also reshared the tweet containing Burna Boy’s official statement. P.Diddy in his tweet used an emoji of a raised fist and the Nigerian flag. He also used the hashtag ENDSARS in solidarity with the campaign.

Additionally, Burna Boy also shared photos of #EndSARS billboards across Nigeria, which he financed. The self-acclaimed African giant who has been quiet since the protests began also explained why he hasn’t lent his voice to the movement and nationwide protests.

I have taken the past week to gather my thoughts. I usually respond to these matters with my emotions and frustrations,” he wrote in his statement. “This time I have chosen to ignore the attempts; well-meaning or derogatory to draw me out. This is not and should not be about me. It is about a fundamental problem that affects us all Nigerians, as Africans, and as human beings.

The ‘Twice As Tall’ singer added, “The state of our country, Nigeria, is tricky; it has been from before I was born. My greatest concern in all of this is that SARS will end now as it allegedly has several times in the past (I recall giving calls to end SARS during my USA tour in April 2019 and morph into a different entity down the line with a different form or a different name. In my opinion, abolishing the unit is a definite first step but we cannot afford to stop there.”

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