Ghanaians join hands in solidarity with Nigerians in calling for an end to violent killings in africa’s most populous country
Ghanaians are solidarizing with their neighbors Nigeria over the recent spate of killings in the oil-rich country. The situation which has become alarming has received widespread attention and condemnation from several world leaders including the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, Former US Secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, and Former Vice President and Candidate for the Democratic Party, Joe Biden who have all called for an end to the brutal murders.
Several Ghanaians have also taken to social media to register their protest with the hashtag #EndSARS while mounting pressure on Ecowas and the AU to intervene in the matter. Incidentally Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo Addo is the Chairman of Ecowas and is yet to make a public statement on the matter
How's this different from the Sharpeville Massacre? To open fire on protestors in 2020 is so obsolete. @MBuhari Your hands will be stained with the blood of any Nigerian who's lost their lives. Disgraceful. Reminds me of what you did with Idiagbon. Such cruelty. #EndSARS
— Sam Attah-Mensah (@Sammens) October 21, 2020
Don’t expect much from ECOWAS chairman Akufo-Addo. He is a tyrant who has closed down many radio stations, clamped down on free expression and unleashed riot police on law students who were asking for more admissions into Ghana School of Law #EndSARS
— James Agyenim-Boateng (@jagyenim) October 21, 2020
Speaking about the abuse of fundamental human rights of citizens in an African country, an ECOWAS member and a neighbour, cannot be reduced to only diplomatic structures. Lives are at stake. I doubt that's difficult @NAkufoAddo
— Alfred Ocansey (@alfred_3fm) October 21, 2020
2/4 2/4 I join the UN Secretary General in expressing condolences to the bereaved families and wishing a speedy recovery to those injured and calling on the Nigerian authorities to investigate these incidents and hold the perpetrators accountable.
— Hanna Tetteh (@HannaTetteh) October 21, 2020
Tens of thousands of Nigerians have been taking to the streets for more than two weeks to protest against police brutality.
Young people mobilizing through social media began staging demonstrations calling for the abolition of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), which has long been accused of unlawful arrests, torture, and extrajudicial killings. The protests were triggered by the release of a viral video allegedly showing SARS officers killing a young man in the southern Delta state. Authorities denied the video was real.
The man who filmed the video was arrested, provoking even more anger.
SARS was a special police unit set up in 1984 as Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, battled rising levels of crime and kidnappings.
Initially, it was successful in reducing cases of violent crime but more recently the unit had been “turned into banditry”, according to Fulani Kwajafa, the man who set up SARS.
But they used social media to address these. The ignorant are first to call others ignorant! Such a dummy! https://t.co/EJF52cUxUG
— #lydiaforson #africansocialstar (@Bridget_Otoo) October 21, 2020
Something like this should be coming from African Leaders🤦♀️. I think we should allow the whites to come rule us again, at least they can develop our land to be a better place to live. #EndSARS https://t.co/wj2AFJanf7
— Maame Serwaa (@realmaameserwaa) October 21, 2020