Nigerian lawyer and human rights activist, Femi Falana recently stated that ever since he started protesting in his first year in the University, he has never witnessed the kind of commitment exhibited by Nigerians in the #ENDSARS protests.
“I have never witnessed the level of commitment and determination exhibited by Nigerians in the ongoing #EndSARS protests. Notwithstanding, the attacks on the protesters by sponsored lumpen elements and reckless killings by some misguided armed police personnel the youths have remained focused in the agitation to end police brutality in the country”, he stated.
Several Nigerians will not forget in a hurry Tuesday 20th of October 2020, how security operatives allegedly opened fire on demonstrators at the Lekki (Lagos) tollgate . Certain Nigerian celebrities and influencers were in the fore front of the protests. TheNewsGuru takes a look at some of these personalities.
Many Nigerians were stunned when Runtown decided that he would be joining the #ENDSARS protest. The ‘Mad Over You’ crooner mobilized his fans to be part of the protest via his social media platforms. He said:” We are not backing down and we will never be silenced, after curfew, we move”.
Nigerian actor and skit maker, Debo Adebayo, aka Mr. Macaroni, played a huge role in the #ENDSARS protest. The entertainer fondly called Mr Macaroni showed the activism part of him many never knew existed.
According to him: “Since the very first day I stepped out into the streets up till yesterday even before leaving Alausa, I have been threatened severally. I don’t tweet about them because it is normal in protests. I am safe presently but I am being threatened!! No be fear!! Na Awareness!!!!
“Like I said yesterday, for now, the only option we have is to stay safe!! The government has shown that they will stop at nothing to intimidate, silence, threaten and kill us!!! The same government that should be protecting us is killing us!!!”.
The multi-talented Obianuju Udeh, popularly known as DJ Switch, exhibited a rare boldness and strength during the heat of the #ENDSARS protests.
The disc jockey was present at the Lekki tollgate as soldiers allegedly shot at protesters .Throughout the killing, Switch was ‘live’ on Instagram as she showed to the world what was happening in real time at the scene.
Few days after the sad incident, Switch shared a video on her Instagram page recounting what truly transpired at toll gate.
“Thank you for joining the struggle and for alerting the public. I have not been able to say anything since because I didn’t realize I sustained some injuries. I want to thank a few people who at the risk of their own safety came out to get me, as my own life was being threatened.DJ Obi, DJ Big N and Mr P and others.My life was being threatened for speaking up. I want to say to the government, do not insult the grief of Nigerians, do not insult the intelligence of Nigerians.45 minute after the soldiers left, SARS people we are talking about also came. The military were there, killing Nigerian citizens on Nigerian soil”, she revealed.
Actress and filmmaker, Toyin Abraham who is fasting becoming voice of the voiceless was lso part of the celebrities that put their weight behind the #EndSARS protests.
The versatile role interpreter was actively involved in Ibadan (Oyo State) and Lagos protests. She wrote on Instagram, “I am more than my movies. I am an instrument for change and a destiny implementer. You can do this. Love you all.”
Popular rapper and activist, Micheal Ugochukwu a.k.a Ruggedman before the #ENDSARS protest has been in the fore front of eradicating police brutality. ‘Ruggedy Baba’ as he is fondly called was part of the Lagos #ENDSARS Lagos protest.
He said: “Nigerian government is killing innocent citizens who are asking them to do their jobs.
As in provide a better life for the nation.
What will the governor and other politicians come to tell us tomorrow?
What lies will they try to tell us to justify this genocide carried out on innocent Nigerians?
God will punish everybody who has a hand in this”.