Beyonce, Rihanna, and Naomi Campbell are among the celebrities who have spoken out to support Nigeria’s #EndSars movement following reports of violence at protests last night.
Thousands of Nigerians joined peaceful protests in Lagos on Tuesday to campaign
against police brutality within the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit, which has now been disbanded.
However, reports have emerged of protestors being shot and killed or injured after soldiers opened fire at the Lekki toll gate.
Reacting to the shocking developments, Rihanna shared a heartbreaking photo
of a protestor crying out while holding up a bloodsoaked Nigerian flag.
The Work singer added in her Instagram stories:
‘I can’t bear to see this torture and brutalization that is continuing to affect nations across our planet.
‘It is such a betrayal to the citizens, the very people put in place to protect are the ones we are most afraid of being murdered by.
My heart is broken for Nigeria.
It is unbearable to watch.’
Beyonce also spoke out after receiving mounting pressure from fans to support #EndSars,
particularly after she highlighted various African cultures in her Black Is King visual album.
The Grammy-winning singer said in a statement:
‘I am heartbroken to see the senseless brutality taking place in Nigeria.
There has to be an end to SARS.
‘We have been working on partnerships with youth organizations to support those protesting for change.
We are collaborating with coalitions to provide emergency healthcare, food, and shelter.
‘To our Nigerian sisters and brothers, we stand with you.
Please visit beyonce.com for a list of organizations to show your support.’
Supermodel Naomi Campbell called for an end to police brutality and said:
‘President @muhammadubuhari, please stop the violence that is killing the Bright and promising future of Nigeria.
Our youths and the young generation are our leaders of the future.
‘Show the world who are watching…
BE THE HEAD OF STATE THAT SETS AN EXAMPLE!
#STOP POLICE BRUTALITY!! # STOP THE SPECIAL ANTI ROBBERY SQUAD [sic].’
Heavyweight boxing champ Anthony Joshua, who has Nigerian heritage, released
a heartfelt video supporting the cause while also helping hospitals caring for the injured.
Match of the Day host Gary Lineker showed his support by retweeting a video
from Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo criticizing the Nigerian government over the attacks.
Star Wars actor John Boyega, whose family are Nigerian, was speechless and wrote:
‘I don’t know what to say. To wage such war on your own people…
They must pay.’
He added in his Instagram stories:
‘The world must see.
The Nigerian government has failed its people. THEY MUST GO.’
Rapper Nicki Minaj tweeted in support:
‘Standing with & praying for the brave young people of Nigeria who are on the front lines of this senseless violence.
Your voice is being heard.’