#EndSARS: Alicia Keys, Kerry Washington, Angelique Kidjo Others Pen Open Letter To Buhari
A number of American Black lives Matter activists and entertainers have called on the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari to stop the persecution of #EndSARS protesters.
A co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Opal Tometi alongside singer Alicia Keys, actress Kerry Washington, and Grammy Award winner Angelique Kidjo joined by 69 others have penned an open letter to Buhari. In the letter, they urged Buhari to release #EndSARS protesters jailed for exercising their civic rights.
The letter also urged the government to unfreeze the accounts of protesters. The CBN had obtained a 90-day court order to have protesters’ accounts restricted.
The letter which was published as an advertisement in the New York Post on Thursday 10th December read in part;
“In the midst of a global pandemic, your people sought to bring peace and justice to their la. And they made Africa and its diaspora proud in doing so,”
“Yet their peaceful requests were met with state-sanctioned violence and suppression. As your administration meted out unwarranted force against its own citizens.”
“As people who have supported the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States and throughout the diaspora, we cannot be silent when similar atrocities take place in African countries”. The letter further added that Nigerians “deserved better.”
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The #EndSARS protests which sprung up in October saw several Nigerian youths take to the streets, demanding the disbandment of killer police unit FSARS.
The protests were rife with even more human rights abuse from the Government. Several protesters were arrested arbitrarily while they were more reports of deaths in the hands of police officers.
Even more chilling was the shooting of Lekki toll plaza #EndSARS protesters on October 20th by security operatives. A follow-up CNN investigation found the Nigerian Army culpable of the killings which they have promptly denied.
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