Following the arrest of protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate on Sunday, many Nigerian celebrities on their Twitter accounts condemned the arrest of #OccupyLekkiTollGate protesters.
Top among them is a popular musician and activist, Charles Oputa, otherwise known as Charly Boy, who said peaceful protest remained the right of citizens. He wrote, “I know these animals have turned Nigeria into a Jungle. But peaceful protest is still our human right. Animals can’t dash us human right. Say no to #lekkitollgate reopening.”
Taking to her Twitter account, popular Nigerian disc jockey, DJ Switch, condemned the action of the Police. She wrote, “I am literally pleading with everyone today, celebrities and non-celebrities, influencers and non-influencers; the way we did #BlackOutTuesday for foreigners, let’s shout out #EndSARS #EndPoliceBrutality all thru (sic)! Flood your timelines… Sorosoke! Speak! Shout!”
Another popular disc jockey, DJ Neptune, wrote on Twitter: “Shame on the Nigerian govt, Big Shame. How is this democrazy (sic) that you preach to us? You (are) indirectly telling us we have no right to protest Peacefully? Please, my fellow Nigerian youth let us all get that PVC and EndBadGovernanceInNigeria #EndPoliceBrutality #EndSarsNow.”
Popular lawyer-turned-musician, Folarin Falana, popularly known as Falz, also took a swipe at the government for the clampdown on peaceful protesters. Falz wrote, “The Nigerian government has shown by this senseless act that it is not concerned with upholding our democracy or the Rule of Law.
“They are basically showing that they are not interested in serving justice as regards the 20th of October incident. This show of force is supposed to make us fear for our lives, but the life we dey live no kuku get meaning before. Absolutely nothing to lose at this point. They better be ready for the consequences of these actions.”
Also, a female singer, Yemi Alade, wrote, “It seems on this matter of ‘a better Nigeria’ the citizens are on their own. #EndSARS #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeria #EndBadGovernanceInNigeria.”
Another ace singer, Timi Dakolo, also expressed his frustration about the situation as he wrote, “Nigeria just keeps taking and taking and taking, I am so tired. #EndBadGovernanceInNigeria.” Speaking on the arrest of Mr Macaroni, ace beat maker, K-Solo said, “The foolish police officers who recorded #mrmacaroni and other innocent citizens have just exacerbated the issue and now the real #EndSARS protest will begin. How can a police force that should protect citizens be the ones to ridicule themselves and show the world their incompetence?”