EndSARs is a thing. Again.
There comes a time when everyone must take a stand to defend what they believe in and speak out against what they don’t. In Nigeria, it’s the sheer abuse of human rights perpetrated by a special unit of Nigeria Police Force — SARS. One thing is clear: these officers have become what they were created to fight.
As the situation has yet again reached a tipping point, Nigerians are taking a stand and trooping out in numbers to demand an end to this injustice. This is the fight of our lives. And you should join the protests.
It’s okay if you can’t make it to the frontlines. However, you can still do something to lend a voice, and you can do it all from your phone.
1. Get some context
If for some reason, you are not sure what these protests are about, you should get up to speed ASAP. Read up everything you can find about the evolution of SARS, their long history of human abuse, the unlawful arrests and detention, extortion and deaths. Hell, read every resource you can find. This article is a good place to start.
2. Engage with EndSARS posts and hashtags on social media
People on the protest grounds will be posting live updates and they will be relying on you to share as much as possible. You can’t let them down. Share as many posts as you can find. Do your part to push and trend the hashtags.
3. Send emails and text messages to your senators
It’s alarming how elected officials have largely kept quiet about this development. We elected these reps for a reason and they need to step up. You can make them step up. Let them know how dire the situation has become. Find a database of their contact information below.
Shine Your Eye also has a list with contact details of elected officials.
4. Volunteer to be someone’s emergency contact
If you personally know anyone who is going out to protest, ask to be their emergency contact. They might need you.
5. Donate money if you can
You can also help with money. If you have friends out in the field, you can show your support by sending them money. Chances are that they will need it.
Also, there is an account you can send a donation to. Please do that if you can.