Trey Songz, Big Sean, John Boyega, other international stars join #EndSARS protests

The protests calling for the end of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), a notorious unit of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), has gained a global audience. 

Over this weekend, the hashtag #EndSARS has been the number one trending topic worldwide on Twitter, with over 3 million tweets.

In a series of tweets on Saturday American singer Trey Songz said he is hurt to hear about what is happening in Nigeria.

“After doing a little research I would like to speak out against what’s going on in Nigeria right now. Their pleas to #EndSarsNow IS VERY REAL.

“I have so much love for my Nigerian fans and it’s so hurtful to hear what’s happening.

“Police brutality here in America often is an abuse of power-driven by race. To be brutalized, extorted, and murdered by your own people is unimaginable. Prayers up and I’m researching ways I can help. #EndSARS”

In a similar post, American rapper Big Sean has called for an end to police brutality by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) saying he has Nigerian roots.

Fellow American rapper Chance The Rapper while using the hashtags #EndSARS and #ENDSARSNOW, enquired for more information on the #EndSARS campaign: “I just started reading up on this travesty taking place in Nigeria. If you have more info to dispense in the replies I’m all ears."

Grammy-winning rapper Cardi B had earlier enquired for more information on the protest: “What’s going ? Can you give me a summary so I can research later.” The rapper added, alongside a Nigerian flag emoji: “you know I love Nigeria”

American rapper Lil Baby tweeted the #EndSARS hashtag:

British-Nigerian actor John Boyega launched a series of tweets calling for change and attention to the “pressing problem”. He also retweeted multiple tweets in support of the protests.

“Three years ago Nigeria’s police chief re-organised SARS after public condemnation about the violence that came with their operations. That change has done nothing for Nigerians and today many are still in danger. #EndSarsProtests,” Boyega tweeted.

He added: “We can’t simply enjoy Banana island every December without noticing the concrete wall placed between Nigerians and their potential. The limitations become unbearable for them and this needs serious attention. #EndSARSProtest

“The youth in Nigeria deserve good leadership and guidance. This situation is tied to many other issues. Please lend your attention to this pressing problem! #EndSARSImmediately #EndSarsProtests #EndSARS #EndSARSProtest”

Grammy-winning British singer and actress Estelle Fanta Swaray tweeted “Come on! #Nigeria #EndSARS” along with a number of emojis expressing disappointment and anger. 

The “American Boy” singer in response to a Twitter user who said “ESTELLE for the culture!!!!!!!” responded with: “This if For my continent. For my relatives!!!! For humanity. Cannot continue this everyday everywhere!!!! #EndSarsNow”

British-Ghanaian Juls tweeted: “Standing with my Nigerian family." "Pray for Nigeria #EndPoliceBrutality #EndSARS #EndSarsNow || We dey together."

South African rapper Nasty C expressed his disappointment on Twitter: “World is f**ked up & the people that are supposed to serve & protect are often the biggest problem smh. #EndSARS”

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