For over a week now, the youth in several states across Nigeria have taken to the streets to peacefully protest against police brutality. The peaceful protest calls for the end of SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad) and the reform of the entire Police force due to the unjust harassment and killings of youth across the country. During the course of the protest, at least 10 deaths have been recorded by the people chosen to protect the nation.
From what started as a mild protest with few people gathering at the Governor’s office in Lagos to make their voice heard, the protest has evolved through Nigerian youths within the country and in the diaspora. With no leader to the revolution – which remains a mystery to the government- the Nigerian youth through Twitter have been able to crowd fund approximately $184,300 and create a working system – legal, welfare, security and more – to support the cause.
The peaceful protest has gotten a lot of traction through digital media and international news, however it is believed the government continues to stifle the reports of traditional media outlets around the country. Through this, celebrities such as Jack of Twitter, Kanye West, Viola Davis and a number of international celebrities have lent their voices, donated and used their platforms to donate to the cause.
For more details on the situation in Nigeria, follow #EndSARS across all social media platforms, also see below ways to lend a voice or helping hand to the cause.