Many celebrities are using their platform to speak out about the tragedies taking place across Nigeria right now, as SARS (the Special Anti Robbery Squad) stand accused of shooting and killing peaceful protestors (and wounding multiple others). Widespread protests began two weeks ago after a video circulated showing a man allegedly being badly beaten by SARS officers – those peacefully demonstrating say they are hoping to bring change against police brutality, sparking the #EndSARS movement.
These international celebrities have in one way or another benefited from Nigerians and Africans at large, and have come back to use their platforms to speak out about the unrest happening in Nigeria at the moment.
Nigerians are happy about this, some have made comparison between these celebrities as to who should have done what and who shouldn’t. Here are some of the celebrities who do not only come to Nigeria for Detty December, but also have Nigeria’s best interests at heart
Nicki, who recently gave birth to her first child, tweeted, “Standing with & praying for the brave young people of Nigeria who are on the front lines of this senseless violence. Your voice is being heard.
Rihanna wrote a message on her Instagram Stories which she also shared on Twitter. She shared her moving words alongside a harrowing tribute of a blood-stained Nigerian flag: “I can’t bare to see this torture and brutalisation that is continuing to affect nations across this planet! It’s such a betrayal to the citizens, the very people put in place to protect are the ones we are most afraid of being murdered by!” The Fenty designer added, “My heart is broken for Nigeria man!! It is unbearable to watch. I’m so proud of your strength and not letting up on the fight for what’s right! #EndSARS.”
The Lion King star shared a moving statement on Instagram: “I am heartbroken to see the senseless brutality taking place in Nigeria. There has to be an end to SARS. We have been working on partnerships with youth organizations to support those protesting for change. We are collaborating with coalitions to provide emergency healthcare, food and shelter.” Beyoncé continued, “To our Nigerian brothers and sisters, we stand with you. Please visit Beyonce.com for a list of organisations to show your support.”
Gabrielle Monique Union
The American actress, voice artist, activist, and author has been so passionate about this cause, she amplified the #ENDSARS movement on her Instagram and on her Twitter.
”#EndSARS We need everyone’s voice to amplify what is going on as we speak!! The world is watching”
The co-host of E!’s “Nightly Pop” and an E! News correspondent did not only lend her voice, but she also educated people about what the protest is all about and how they can help.
“WHAT IS SARS?
Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS)
Is a special unit within the special police force
WHAT IS THE PROBLEM
The unit has been using violence, torture and extortion against the civilians it was meant to protect. It has become a threat to the livelihood of all Nigerian citizens especially the Youth and women
WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE PART?
If you care about justice and human rights, you should take part. We need you to speak up with Nigerians that are fighting against oppression.”
Also sharing a haunting image of a blood-stained Nigerian flag, the supermodel petitioned the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari.
“President @muhammadubuhari, please stop the violence that is killing the Bright and promising future of Nigeria. Our youths and young generation are our leaders of the future. Show the world who are watching… BE THE HEAD OF STATE THAT SETS AN EXAMPLE! #ENDSARSNOW 💔🇳🇬🦅 .”
Chance The Rapper
The musician urged the world to sit up and take note, referencing the killings in Lekki specifically. “
There is a massacre happening in Lekki. Firing squads mass murdering young people in Nigeria. The world needs to engage #endSARS.”
The GRAMMY Award winner shared details for a candlelit vigil in LA, in memory of those slain at SARS protests, as well highlighting issues in other African countries, such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
“There’s a crisis on the continent. The people on the ground in Africa need your support and solidarity. Indeed colonialism is everywhere therefore Black Lives Matter everywhere… I’ve tagged a few accounts that you can pay attention to & find out what’s happening, if you are on the same page as me… also feel free below to add leaders in the communities and tag your friends who are organising and helping people on the ground in diff countries. #AfricaUnite #ThePowerIsWithThePeople #ANewTime #ANewDay.”