#EndSARS, the 2018-created hashtag by Nigerian youth whose social media movement against police brutality resurfaced last week garnering 1.5 million tweets in one weekend to culminate offline into one of the largest protests the country has seen in a decade.
Now a top trending international topic, African-American starts have added their voice in solidarity.
Hip hop artist and fashion designer Kanye West, took to Twitter to take a stand with Nigeria.
In addition, the first African-American Emmy, Tony and Oscar award-winning actress, Viola Davis urged her 6.4 million Instagram followers to pray for Nigeria amid the volatile nationwide demonstrations that have already seen several people lose their lives.
RnB singer, Trey Songz, called out Nigeria’s president in a tweet and also took to Instagram to post in solidarity. And top super model, Naomi Campbell also called out the president and leaders of the country in a post on Instagram.
Much of the Nigerian youth – still impassioned, welcome the international support.
Nigerian Youth are calling for President Muhammadu Buhari to give the executive order to concretely dissolve the Special Anti-Robbery Squad — a police unit which has been accused of unlawful arrests, torture and extra-judicial killings.
They also want to see a general police reform implemented in the country.
What African-American celebrities posted in solidarity
I stand with my Nigerian brothers and sisters to end police brutality, the government must answer to the peoples cries #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeria
— ye (@kanyewest) October 12, 2020
Thank you @violadavis for persistently shining the light on the injustice and oppression faced by black people everywhere. More importantly, thank you for using your platform to spread awareness about the current situation in Nigeria. #SarsMustEnd #BlackLivesMatterEverywhere pic.twitter.com/GMml9rqWvL
— Africa Soft Power Project (@africasoftpower) October 13, 2020
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@muhammadubuhari Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa with one of the largest populations of youth in the world!! One of the Leading emerging markets in the world , but who makes this , is our young generation , Nigeria LEAD by EXAMPLE !! , we are BETTER than this @muhammadubuhari ! OUR YOUTHS ARE OUR FUTURE !! #ENDSARS #endpolicebrutality ❤️🇳🇬🦅 #NAOMIAFRICA
Source: DNT/ News agencies