A+E: The Brutality In Nigeria Brought To Mainstream Attention By Kanye West
by Ryan Tavera
As global focus begins to rise against SARS police brutality in Nigeria, prominent figures such as Kanye West have joined the battle against the injustice levied toward the Nigerian people.
US rapper and 2020 Presidential Candidate Kanye West ends his silence and joins a growing list of celebrities that are eagerly addressing the #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeria movement.
West has become an influential supporter when it comes to endorsing movements against police brutality. Previously this year, he showed similar strength and support for the Black Lives Matter movement, contributing with a $2 million dollar donation to support George Floyd’s family.
In addition to West, celebrities like Drake, Trey Songs, Star Wars actor John Boyega and many more have come forward to show their support for the protests.
Falana, who is widely known as Falz, took it upon himself to create a protest in order to incite change as he fed up with the numerous acts of harassment and police brutality.
These nationwide protests were a culmination of weeks of anger and outcry on social media from young people accusing the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), with claims of kidnapping, harassment, and extortion, leading to protests throughout cities in Nigeria.
As protests continue to spring up in different parts across the world, Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Abubakar Adamu stated that SARS is wholly dissolved with immediate effect.
“The disbanding of SARS is only the 1st step in our commitment to extensive Police Reforms in order to ensure that the primary duty of the police and other law enforcement agencies remains the protection of lives and livelihood of our people,” said Adamu.
Despite the successful disbanding of SARS, protests continued in cities throughout Nigeria, including major cities such as Lagos, Abuja, and Kwara. Numerous people in the country are united in this battle against the brutality in Nigeria’s police system, saying they will continue to take their voices to the streets until the entire system is reformed.
This struggle is far from over, and as tensions continue to rise with protesters demanding a total reform within the heart of the law enforcement agency, it is solely up to the Nigerian government to listen to these outcries and incite change immediately.