April 17, 2021

Global Celebrities, US Lawmaker, Others Ask Buhari To Free Jailed Protesters, Journalists

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World Celebrities, US law makers, others have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to order the release of all #EndSARS protesters, as well as activists and journalists jailed in some parts of the country.

This calls was made in an open letter on December 10, 2020, and addressed to the President – a copy of the letter was seen by Channels Television.

The 60 activists and celebrities, under the platform of Diaspora Rising, asked President Buhari to ensure the reinstatement of the international passports, bank accounts, and other items confiscated from the jailed persons.

They demanded that the military, security, and intelligence officers found culpable in the incident at the Lekki toll plaza, either giving the order or carrying out the shooting, must be compelled to face the aftermath of their actions.

Signatories to the letter included Reverend Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr; US activist Opal Tometi; as well as actors Danny Glover and Kerry Washington.

Swedish teenage eco-warrior Greta Thunberg, singer Alicia Keys, civil rights campaigner Angela Davis, US congresswoman Ilhan Omar, and Nigerian-American rapper Jidenna, among others, also signed the letter.

They equally demanded that the President should allow a justified investigation by human rights monitors into the actions that led to the shooting at the Lekki tollgate and ensure the result of the findings are published by media companies.

The signatories also told the President to allow peaceful demonstrations in any part of the country to allow citizens exercise their civil right.

“As people who have supported the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States and throughout the diaspora, we cannot be silent when similar atrocities take place in African countries.

“We demand respect for the Nigerian people, especially as they engage in their constitutional right to protest grave injustices,” part of the letter read.

”As President of the world’s most populous Black republic, you assume a leadership role on the global stage. Nigeria matters.

“We expect nothing short of care for your people and concern for the reputation of your country. As Nigeria is a major powerhouse for the continent of Africa, you must know, President Buhari, that your response has exponential implications for the continent and the African diaspora.”
This is according to the open Letter.

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