Beyonce Shares #EndSars Message After Nigerian Singer Tiwa Savage Publicly Asks For Her Help + Tina Knowles And Beyonce’s Publicist Slam Criticism: “Not All Activists Live On Social Media”
Nigerians are currently fighting for their lives and singer Tiwa Savage, is asking for the support of those with large platforms to help bring awareness to the #EndSARS protests taking place right now in Nigeria.
The Special Anti-Robbery Squad, known as or SARS, was formed in 1984 to stop the increase of armed robbery and crime. However the unit has been accused of unlawful arrests, and video evidence has recently surfaced showing SARS members participating in unlawful arrests and detention, kidnapping, murder, theft, rape, and more. Now members of the Nigerian community have taken to the streets to protest and demand an end to police brutality in Nigeria.
“I am heartbroken to see the senseless brutality taking place in Nigeria. There has to be an end to SARS.We have been working on partnerships with youth organizations to support those protesting for change. We are collaborating with coalitions to provide emergency healthcare, food a shelter.To our Nigerian brothers and sisters, we stand with you.”
Tiwa Savage reminded viewers that just like people and celebrities all over the world gathered together to speak out about the #BlackLivesMatter movement in the United States, the same unity and support is needed in Nigeria. She said:
“At this point, it’s bigger than just what we can do ourselves in Nigeria. We need support.”
She continued her comments and talked about the pride she had working with Beyonce on her “Black Is King” project. She then directly asked Beyonce and her team to lend their voice to the #EndSARS movement, pleading with them and telling them that they simply “cannot be quiet on this:”
“I was involved, recently, in a project that I was so proud of, like as an artist I was so so proud to be called and to be amongst the few people that were involved in this project. It’s called ‘Black Is King: The Gift’ album. So I’m going to say this. Please do not quote me out of context but I want to use my platform right now to call Beyoncé and the whole team that reached out to a lot of Nigerians. Nigerian artists, Nigerian producers, Nigerian video directors, dancers, creatives.
I’m calling on Beyoncé and her team the same way they used their platform–and [I’m] so grateful for that–the same way they used their platform to elevate and to show the world that black is king and how beautiful Afrobeat and Africa our culture is. I want them to please use their voice and their platform right because the same country that birth this genre is on fire right now. It is on fire. Where these creatives are from is on fire.”
Prior to Beyonce’s post, her publicist Yvette Noel-Schure issued a statement stating that
“actions speak louder than posts.”
Beyonce’s mom Tina Knowles also took to her Instagram thanking Beyonce for researching and supporting organizations related to the cause in private. In her post she says Beyonce is “not just talking, but doing!!!”
“Thanks for quietly researching , identifying vetting , and supporting organizations on the ground that can help support the protesters . Thanks for continuing the work to really have a plan to make a difference not just talking, but doing!!!!”
More on the protests going on in Nigeria below:
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