“Calling on Africans to unite in protest against what is happening on Nigerian soil,” posted Elba in a heartfelt plea on Instagram on Wednesday.
The actor, writer, producer, rapper, singer, songwriter and DJ called on the leadership of African nations to stand up and speak out against the way that protests are currently being handled by the Nigerian government in the country.Elba was born in London in 1972 to immigrant parents. His father was from Sierra Leone, and his mother was born in Ghana, according to Britannica. He played a Nigerian DJ in a Netflix show called “Turn Up Charlie” which debuted in March 2019.
What is currently happening in Nigeria?
According to a summary by Forbes, thousands of Nigerians have been protesting in the country’s major financial hub of Lagos for the past two weeks.They are demanding that the government disbands its “Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS)” which has allegedly been accused of torture, extortion and murder. The #EndSars hashtag has been trending across the globe since Friday 9 October. Solidarity protests have been taking place in various countries around the world, including in South Africa.
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Calling on Africans to unite in protest against what is happening on Nigerian soil. The leadership of other African nations need to make their voices heard for the protesters of SARS. From one leader to another, show them some perspective on the way they are handling the youth, IT IS WRONG and should be met with HEAVY criticism and positioning. AFRICA should not turn its back on this situation, the WORLD LEADERSHIP shouldnot turn its back on this situation. Use your power and reach to influence the Nigerian government to govern this situation better and not spill blood.
However, while the initial protests in Lagos began peacefully, they escalated intoviolence. This forced the government to implement a 24-hour curfew in the country.“I have watched with shock how what began as a peaceful #EndSARS protest has degenerated into a monster that is threatening the well-being of our society,” said Governor of Lagos, Sanwo-Olu.
“Lives and limbs have been lost as criminals and miscreants are now hiding under the umbrella of these protests to unleash mayhem on our state. As a government that is alive to its responsibility and has shown a commitment to the movement #ENDSARS, we will not watch and allow anarchy in our dear state.
I, therefore, hereby impose a 24-hour curfewon all parts of the State as from 4pm today, 20th October,2020. Nobody, except essential service providers and first responders must be found on the streets.”
Bloodshed in Lagos
On Tuesday, government security forces were reported to have used live ammunition on protesters who ignored the curfew. According to reports, at least seven people were killed.This is what Elba was calling on nations to speak out about.
“The leadership of other African nations need to make their voices heard for the protesters of SARS. From one leader to another, show them some perspective onthe way they are handling the youth, IT IS WRONG and should be met with HEAVY criticism and positioning. ““AFRICA should not turn its back on this situation, the WORLD LEADERSHIP should not turn its back on this situation. Use your power and reach to influence the Nigerian government to govern this situation better and not spill blood.”
Elba is not the only one speaking out against the bloodshedAmnesty international tweeted that peaceful protests are a human rightHillary Clinton called on the Nigerian government to stop killing young protesters
Manchester United Soccer star, Odion Jude Ighalo, said that he was ashamed of the Nigerian government after soldiers opened fire on unarmed protesters.