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Letter by the co-founder of Black Lives Matter, to president Muhammadu Buhari

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It was reported that some  group of activists and celebrities and organizations have demanded that Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari should hold police officers accused of shooting EndSARS protesters accountable.

Furthermore, those activists, in an open letter to the president, mr Dele Muhammad Buhari, also asked the Nigerian government to release jailed praceful protesters, lift a ban on protests and allow an independent human rights monitor investigation into the actions that led to the Lekki Toll Gate massacre.

Therefore the open letter was organised by the co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Opal Tometi, 36, an American with Nigerian parents, and was signed by several activists and celebrities and some organizations that their names will not be mentioned, including climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg.

Other signatories were actors Danny Glover and Kerry Washington, singer Alicia Keys, civil rights campaigner Angela Davis, US congresswoman Ilhan Omar, Nigerian-American rapper Jidenna and Bernice King, the daughter of Martin Luther King Jr.

“We care about the issues of police brutality no matter where they’re occurring,” Tometi told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday.

“The violence that people have been met with is intolerable,” she added.

It was reported that the letter came over one month after security men shot at peaceful protesters in Lagos. There are still claims and counter-claims about the number of people that died during the massacre and whether anyone died at all. Although, the Nigerian army have confirmed it was at the scene with live rounds, it said its personnel did not kill any protester.

Amnesty International has since tagged the episode a “fatal” one.

The massacre led to arson and looting of properties in the state. The government ordered a caution on any form of protest across the country and also ordered state governors to inaugurate judicial panels to investigate police brutality and the Lekki killings.

There have been allegations of a witchhunt against popular supporters of the #EndSARS. While some have been unduly picked up by police, some others have had their bank accounts restricted up till date.

 

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