Following the #EndSARS protests in Nigeria, American rapper and record producer, Kanye West, has joined other celebrities abroad to appeal to the Nigerian government to end police brutality across the country.
The rapper also declared his solidarity support for the protests, disclosed in a tweet published on his verified Twitter handle on Monday.
He said: “I stand with my Nigerian brothers and sisters to end police brutality, the government must answer to the peoples cries #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeria.”
Several Nigerians have published replies to the rapper’s tweets, thanking him for the show of support.
“Chi Hope @ChinyereHope11m: Thank you @kanyewestMay God bless you and you shall live long for lending your voice to helpless Nigerian youths #StopPoliceBrutalityinNigeria #SARSMUSTENDNOW.”
“Osita @realositadonald: We appreciate u for lending your voice concerning police brutalities against the indeginious citizens..but lasting solution to end police brutality is to support Disintegration of Nigeria to have; “Biafra, Oduwa, kwararafa and Ariwa republic”..!!” [sic]
“Ralu Chukwu @chukwu_ralu34m: Much respect to you Kanye but the problem need to be tackled from the root #EndNigeriaNow to save more life.”
Nigerians across the globe have taken to streets and online since last week to protest against the highhandedness of the rogue Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) of the police force.
Several Nigerian football stars like Asisat Oshoala, Ahmed Musa, Wilfred Ndidi, Alex Iwobi, Leon Balogun, and Simon Moses among others, have all lent their voice to the call to end police brutality in Nigeria.
Other international football stars, like Marcus Rashford and Mesut Ozil, also showed solidarity for the calls being made by the protesting youth.
So far, there have been protests in Lagos, Abuja, Abeokuta, Cross River, Anambra, Abia, Ibadan, Kwara, Ebonyi, Ibadan, and more states across Nigeria.
The Inspector-General of Police in the country announced the dissolution of the rogue police unit on Sunday but their officers and squad cars have been recorded on the streets even after the announcement. This has forced protesters to continue demanding for an end to the unit along with 4 other demands including justice for those killed by SARS officials.
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