What started as an online campaign to bring the attention of the government to certain functions of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in the Police Unit has now been made manifest on the streets as millions of Nigerians pour out their voices in unity to end police brutality.
With viral stories and video evidence of how members of SARS engaged in kidnapping, murder, theft, rape, torture, unlawful arrests, high-handedness, humiliation, unlawful detention, extrajudicial killings, and extortion trending over the years, the pains and agony it has left in the hearts of Nigerians.
With a special directive from the federal government to disband the SARS unit of the police force, #EndSars protests continue to intensify in various parts of the country as citizens demand more from the government. Certain high profile Gospel personalities have taken to social media to express their thoughts on the state of Police Brutality in the country.
Founder and Senior Pastor of Daystar Christian Center Sam Adeyemi, has expressed his thoughts via Twitter regarding the state of SARS and the sour relationship with Nigerian citizens. He emphasized that the #EndSars campaign continues, till the value system driving the treatment of citizens with indignity by police units and public officials changes. He further urged the young citizens of Nigeria to continue speaking out. “Please speak as Leaders, not as Victims. Leaders respond victims react,” he wrote.
1.Rarely does a generation have the opportunity to lead change as the one handed the youths of Nigeria right now through #SARSMUSTEND. It cuts across the fault lines that divide Nigeria.
— Sam Adeyemi (@sam_adeyemi) October 13, 2020
Meanwhile, other Nigerian Gospel Artists have joined in expressing their voice on the #EndSars Campaign. Multiple Award-winning Artist Sammie Okposo emphatically stressed on Twitter – “We are musicians, not miscreants, SARS must stop harassing and brutalizing us, enough is enough SARS must end now.”
Nathaniel Bassey also took to his social media page to share his personal experience with members of the police force, emphatically saying No to Police Brutality and advocating for a reform of the entire police force.
I shared how a few years ago I was abducted by plain cloth policemen, driven away to an isolated place. Phone seized and cash taken. So I understand what oppression is.
I know what is feels like for those meant to protect you to oppress and almost kill. So I feel the pain too.
— Nathaniel Bassey (@nathanielblow) October 13, 2020
Ada Ehi, Mercy Chinwo, Sinach, and Frank Edwards have also lent their voice to this growing heartache that has instigated lots of reactions from the Nigerian populace.
Praying for protection for all young Nigerians as they make their voices loud for a just cause. Praying for change in the right direction. #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeria
— Sinach (@sinach) October 13, 2020
As millions of Nigerians await on the Government next line of action, we strongly implore fellow Nigerians to maintain law and order as they express their feelings