Ghana:Celebrities fume over government silence about SARS brutalities in Nigeria
Some celebrities in the country have expressed displeasure about the manner in which the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has kept mute on the ongoing protest which has claimed over 100 lives and left many injured in Nigeria.
Many lives and properties have been destroyed in the process of the protest.
According to stars, the President being the Chairman of the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) has an obligation to add his voice in the End Special Anti-Robbery Squad (ENDSARS) Protest.
Expressing their sentiments on their various social portals, Sandra Ankobiah appealed to the president to show some empathy for the people of Nigeria to know the Ghana government care about their wellbeing.
Please show some empathy. Please show the Nigerian youth that you care. Please show some authority as the Head of Ecowas. Thank you”— Sandra Ankobiah,
Lydia Forson who was not enthused by the action of the government stated that the President was always quick to support the Americans but fail to do likewise to his own black man, and urged President Akufo-Addo to act fast.
President Trumptests positive for coronavirus.
African Presidents: Get well soon, President Trump.
Nigerians and other Africans BRUTALISED and KILLED in Africa.
African Presidents: silence. Deafening silence all round.
— vote for lydia #lydiaforson #africansocialstar
According to rapper Kwasi Arthur, African leaders have failed to support the Nigerians due to their guilty conscience on issues of morality.
We won’t get a comment or anything from any African leader, because they have all lost the moral right to say anything.
our leaders are silent cos them all dey read the same manual.
— Heavy Hitta!!! (@KWESIARTHUR_) October 20, 2020
On her part, Yvonne Nelson called on government and other leaders to say something to encourage their fellows as their silence was sending bad signals to observers who are watching from other part of the world.
Where is the AFRICAN UNION (AU) ? where is ECOWAS?? West african leaders, where are you?? ???????? speak for the people of NIGERIA! AFRICA AND THE WORLD IS WATCHING ?
— ?????? ?????? (@yvonnenelsongh) October 20, 2020
Meanwhile, Rights group Amnesty International on Monday raised concern about “escalating violence” in Nigeria against the #EndSars protest movement.
Armed thugs had attacked protesters at the headquarters of the central bank in the capital, Abuja.
For their part, police accused people “posing” as protesters of looting weapons, and torching police buildings in southern Edo state.
Prisoners were also reported to have escaped from a jail in the state.
The protests started about two weeks ago to demand an end to police brutality, with mainly young people using the social media hashtag #EndSARS to rally people to demand the closure of the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
The young Nigerians who forced the president to back down
The unit, formed during military rule in 1984, since its 60 years was accused of extortion, torture and murder.
The protests have also been backed by global celebrities such as Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, US rapper Kanye West, footballers Mesut Ozil, Marcus Rashford, and Rhythm and Blues (R&B) singer Rihanna, with Ghanaian dancehall musicians Stonebwoy and Shatta wale as well as Nigerian superstars Davido and Wizkid.
The #EndSARS campaign has gained global attention
The government agreed to disband the unit, but protests have since snowballed into calls for wider reforms with protesters now also using the hashtags #EndBadGovernance, #BetterNigeria and #FixNigeriaNow to build support on social media.
There was an increased military presence in Abuja on Monday – a day after Defence Minister Bashir Magashi warned protesters against “breaching national security.”
In Lagos, the country’s commercial hub, protesters blocked access to the main international airport by barricading the road.
Amnesty said police brutality has continued, with a 17-year-old teenager, named only as Saifullah, dying in police custody in northern Kano state on Monday.
She had allegedly been tortured to death, prompting protests in Kano’s Kofar Mata area.
Police have not yet commented on the allegation.
In other developments, police fired tear gas at peaceful protesters in Abuja, while armed thugs had early on Monday morning attacked activists who had been occupying the central bank’s headquarters in the city.
Dozens of protesters, according to the right group were severely injured.
It was the latest in a series of “escalating violence and coordinated attacks” against #EndSars protesters.
The attacks have also led to casualties in recent days in the cities of Benin in the south, and Oshogbo in the middle-belt, it said.
“We again call on law enforcement agencies to investigate these incidents and protect the protesters from further attack by hoodlums,” Amnesty said.
Meanwhile, the government of Lagos yesterday declared a 24-hour curfew to preserve lives against the brutalities.