October 23, 2020

We’re rising up for justice in Nigeria. We need you with us.

Woman in London holds up a Nigerian flag, standing in solidarity with the #EndSARS movement.

In my home city of Lagos, Nigeria, people are in the streets.

We are rising up in peaceful, righteous protest. We are demanding an end to brutal force, arbitrary arrests, and extrajudicial killings at the hands of a violent and secretive police force.

But the response of our government was to deploy the military and open fire on its own citizens — peaceful protesters!1

We need people all around the globe to raise their voice against this atrocity and show the Nigerian government that the world is watching. Will you join us?

For the last several weeks, I and my colleagues at Nigeria-based Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) have been in the streets supporting the #EndSARS movement.

We are saying enough is enough: For years, young Nigerians have suffered brutal force, arbitrary arrests, intimidation, harassment, and extrajudicial killings at the hands of the now-disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad, popularly called SARS. Since October 4, when video footage of yet another brutal attack by SARS officials was released, a massive record-breaking population of young Nigerians has taken to the streets.

But on Tuesday, October 20, the world watched in horror as Nigeria’s government unleashed military forces on peaceful protesters in Lagos, killing and maiming harmless citizens.

This is a criminal act of inhumanity.

That is why my organisation, Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) is calling for the International Criminal Court and the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights to open an international inquiry into the killing and maiming of #EndSARS protesters.

Will you join with us in solidarity? Add your name to join CAPPA, the people of Nigeria, and the #EndSARS movement in demanding justice.

The righteous protests of young Nigerians mirror the uprisings in defense of Black Lives happening in the United States and all over the world. People everywhere are demanding an end to police brutality and calling for justice.

From the U.S. to Nigeria and all over the world, we are united in a shared struggle for liberation. And we are stronger when we join together.

For more than 20 years, I have partnered with Corporate Accountability to challenge those who put their own power and profits ahead of people’s lives. I know Corporate Accountability’s members and supporters like you — whether based in the U.S., or anywhere else in the world — are deeply committed to building a world where people’s rights and lives are sacred. That’s why I’m reaching out to ask: Will you join me — and my friends and family in the streets of Nigeria — in demanding an end to police brutality and demanding justice for those injured and killed?

Thank you for raising your voice for justice.

Photo credit: Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona

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