Nigerian Afro-pop artiste, Damini Ogulu aka Burna Boy, has joined the #EndSARS movement following criticisms from Nigerian youths who expressed disappointment over the musician’s silence.
Nigerians had taken to the streets since Thursday calling on the federal government to scrap the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force.
Burna Boy who issued a statement on Saturday stated that the protest should not be about him but about deeper issues. He also said he had created a fund to support protesters.
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He wrote, “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.
“The state of our country, Nigeria, is tricky; it has been from before I was born. My greatest concern in all of this is that SARS will end now as it allegedly has several times in the past (I recall giving calls to end SARS during my USA tour in April 2019 and morph into a different entity down the line with a different form or a different name. In my opinion, abolishing the unit is a definite first step but we cannot afford to stop there.”
The singer added, “I have created a sub-fund under my charity- The Reach called (@ProjectProtectng) 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.”
The ENDSARS protest was triggered by police harassment and extrajudicial killing by the specialised unit that was created over a decade ago to tackle armed robbery.