If you haven’t heard already protests in Nigeria have burst out over the past couple weeks, against it’s countries police brutality. Hence why you may have recognised #EndSARS taking over a-lot of the main social media platforms. So here’s what you need to know and how you can help make a change.
SARS stands for Special Anti-Robbery Squad which is a police unit that was initially established to combat armed robbery and crimes that were associated with firearms, but later on they slowly began to abuse their power, and now have a tarnished name that is associated with violation of human rights, extortion, brutality, and even in some cases murder.
A widespread #EndSARS campaign erupted in Nigeria in early October after a video circulated showing a man being beaten, apparently by SARS officers. The peaceful, well-organized protests disrupted traffic in Lagos and many other Nigerian cities. President Muhammadu Buhari’s government agreed to disband the SARS unit, but the protests continued with participants demanding sweeping reforms of police and action against the protesters were largely peaceful, but several were killed, according to Amnesty International which accused authorities of using unnecessary force. On Oct. 20 the government imposed a curfew, ordering everyone to stay at home and that evening the shootings occurred at Lekki plaza. For two days after that Lagos saw widespread rioting.source from The Independent
As you can tell a clear injustice is being done, and we can’t sit around while knowing this is taking place so here are some ways you can help!!
- https://www.gofundme.com/f/4ppyfs-diasporans-against-sars ( a link to a activist group who are dispersing funds to on ground organisations in Nigeria supporting multiple victims on ground suffering from the aftermath of protests.
- Share posts on the matter with family and friends
- Donate money to special groups fighting against SARS
- Share information on your social media platforms
- Sign petitions
- Do your research on the matter!!!
- Join protests in your country but remember to stay safe
- Write to President Muhammadu Buhari on the amnesty website which gives you the option to write directly to the Nigerian president and attorney general
Please share this post and continue to raise awareness where possible , and continue to educate yourself on the matter, they need our help and we need to do our part !!