In view of the # EndSARS protest sweeping across the nation, Rapper and United States presidential candidate Kanye West spoke out against police brutality in Nigeria.
West, 43, went to his Twitter page on Monday night, writing, "I'm standing with my Nigerian brothers and sisters to stop police brutality."
With more than 20 million albums and 140 million singles sold worldwide, West is one of the world's best-selling recording artists. He has won 21 Grammy Awards in total, making him one of the most distinguished musicians of all time. On Rolling Stone's 2020 500 Best Albums of All Time list, six of his albums were included; the same publication called him one of the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time. In 2005 and 2015, Time magazine named him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
In solidarity of the ongoing # EndSARS demonstrations in Nigeria, Kanye West has joined a rising array of foreign celebrities who have increased awareness or spoken out.
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.
Earlier on Monday, American singer Trey Songz blasted Buhari and questioned the rationale behind the decision to redeploy members of the SARS squad when the government announced that the group has been dissolved.
On Sunday, Drake shared an #EndSARS post from Grace Ladoja, the Nigerian-British talent manager and socialist who is best known for being Skepta’s manager. “Pls check this post from my family for the info @graceladoja,” Drake captioned the post along with a Nigerian flag emoji.
Other international celebrities that have also reacted or spoken out in support of the #EndSARS protest include Cardi B, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Trey Songz, Big Sean, John Boyega, Chance The Rapper amongst others.