Rapper Kanye West has joined the ongoing EndSars campaign by speaking out against police brutality in Nigeria.
Kanye West, the 43 year old father of four and presidential candidate on Monday night, took to his twitter page and posted
“I stand with my Nigerian brothers and sisters to end police brutality….the government must answer to the peoples cries #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeria”
With this, Kanye West has joined a growing list of international celebrities that have raised awareness or spoken out in support of the ongoing #EndSARS protests in Nigeria.
West is one of the world’s best-selling music artists, with more than 20 million albums and 140 million singles sold worldwide. He has won a total of 21 Grammy Awards, making him one of the most awarded artists of all time. Six of his albums have been included on Rolling Stone’s 2020 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list; the same publication named him one of the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time. Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2005 and 2015.
End Special Anti-Robbery Squad (End SARS) or #EndSARS is a social movement in Nigeria that started on Twitter calling for banning of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, a unit of the Nigerian Police Force blighted by accusations of kidnapping, murder, theft, rape, torture, unlawful arrests, high-handedness, humiliation, unlawful detention, extrajudicial killings, and extortion. It is a call to end police oppression and brutality in Nigeria.