2020 HAS COME IN DEVASTATING P’S. {Pandemic, Protest and Peace }

2020 has come in 2 devastatimg p’s Pandemic, and protest.

We pray that the third P will be peace in Nigeria and all over the world.

The #EndSARS protests will undoubtedly go down in the annals of the country as one of the momentous events in recent times. Youths from all walks of life united on the streets, demanding an end to police brutality, compensation for the families of victims of police killings and other demands. The peaceful protests went on for about 14 days before it was hijacked by hoodlums and turned bloody. However, the saddest point of the protests was when security operatives allegedly opened fire on demonstrators at the Lekki (Lagos) tollgate on Tuesday, October 20, 2020. Though the protests had no official leader, there is no doubt that certain celebrities were actively involved in the movement. Saturday Beats takes a look at some of these celebs

Falz

If ever there was any doubt that Folarin Falana, popularly known as Falz, would make a brilliant lawyer if he had not pursued his music career, such was cleared in the past few weeks as the #EndSARS protests raged. Falz stood resolutely with the protesters as he called on the government to listen to the youths and act on their demands. He also constantly educated his fans and followers on the position of the law as regards issues that arose in the course of the civil demonstrations. He supported the judicial panels of enquiry raised by state governments and enjoined youths to nominate representatives that would sit on the panels. Shortly after Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, declared a 24-hour curfew in the state, Falana lampooned the government for its tacit admission that it could not safeguard the lives of its citizens. He then called on youths to stay safe and get ready to regroup when the curfew was lifted. He also condemned the shooting of unarmed protesters.

Burna Boy

When the protests started, singer, Damini Ogulu, popularly known as Burna Boy, was criticised by many for not lending his support and speaking out early enough. But he soon ‘corrected’ his wrong by offering to pay the legal fees of anybody who had issues with the police in the course of the protests.

The ‘Way Too Big’ singer wrote on social media, “I have taken the past week to gather my thoughts. I usually respond to these matters with my emotions and frustrations. This time, I have chosen to ignore the attempts; well-meaning or derogatory, to draw me out. This is not and should not be about me. It is about a fundamental problem that affects us all Nigerians, as Africans, and as human beings.

“I have created a sub-fund under my charity, The Reach, to help protesters that are wrongfully harmed/arrested by SARS during and after these protests. This is a fund for the people by the people.”

Wizkid

Popular singer, Ayodeji Balogun, aka Wizkid, fired his first salvo in the #EndSARS protests earlier in the month when he directed a post to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), on social media. Reacting to the president’s goodwill message to Donald Trump when the latter tested positive for COVID-19, the pop star wrote on Twitter, “Donald Trump is not your business, old man. Police/Sarz (sic) still killing Nigerian youths on a daily. Do something. Nothing concern you for America. Face your country.”

One of the President’s aides, Lauretta Onochie, later called out the singer but he was unperturbed as he continued to identify with the #EndSARS protests. He even joined demonstrators in London United Kingdom, on Sunday, October 7.

Evidently angered by the shooting of unarmed protesters in Lekki, Wizkid again addressed the President on Twitter.

“You are a failure. Old and incompetent. Step down. We don’t want you, your Vice President and your IG. Resign,” he wrote.

Tiwa Savage

Top singer, Tiwa Savage, has shown that she knows more than just putting out hit songs and shaking her bum sensuously.

Along with other artistes, Tiwa took to the streets and joined thousands of youths in calling for an end to the notorious and dreaded police unit.

In a post she uploaded on Twitter, she wrote, “I don’t even know what to think right now. All I know is that we cannot stop now. Ending SARS is not even the tip of the iceberg. Police reform, healthcare, infrastructure, education, fight against gender-based violence…the list is plenty…we will hold these leaders accountable. They have played with our lives for too long…”

Days after the protests continued unabated, Savage got so passionate about the cause that she called on Beyonce and other international brands to speak up for Nigeria. In a video she posted on her Instagram page, she said, “I’m calling on Beyoncé and her team. The same way they used their platform to elevate and show the world that ‘Black is King’ and how beautiful afrobeat and African culture is, I want them to please use their voice(s) and platform(s) right because the same country that birth(ed) this genre is on fire right now.”

Mercy Aigbe

Actress, Mercy Aigbe, did not leave her fans hanging as she joined them on the streets for the protests.

Apart from regularly showing up at the protest grounds, she was also vocal on social media. After the protests had gone on for some days, she had written on Instagram, “Great Nigerian youths, I am so proud of everyone involved in this movement. It is time to re-strategise. Avoid where those hoodlums are. Whatever you do, please be peaceful. Stay at home during the curfew and be safe. Remember we need you in numbers to flush them out come 2023. We will continue to move.”

Also, when the protests appeared to have been taken over by hoodlums, Aigbe wrote, “Focus. Stop the looting. Stop destroying properties of your fellow citizens. Stop fighting yourselves. Stop the destruction (and) burning of public properties. They were built with our money for God’s sake. Stop the killings. All these acts defeat and stand against what we have been advocating and fighting for.”

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Dada Emmanuel Olayinka

Dada Emmanuel Olayinka

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