Burna Boy describes End SARS movement as “the most important moment in Nigeria’s history”

The Nigerian music star said that if nothing changes after the protests "then it is over"

23.10.20

Words by: Felicity Martin

Burna Boy has reacted to Nigeria’s protests against police brutality, describing them as the most important moment” in the country’s history.

The Nigerian star was speaking two weeks after protests began when a video showed a man being brutally attacked by police officers who are believed to be from SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad).

The End SARS movement has spread across the country and at least 56 people have died as a result, Amnesty International has claimed.

Speaking to Sky News, Burna Boy said: “It is shocking when you see it happen in that place, in such a place, that was the landmark of everything.

“The Lekki Toll Gate, that was the most peaceful place to protest, the most peaceful venue in the whole country and then that is the place where (the shootings) happen. It is not something that you can just wrap your head around.

“This is the most important moment in Nigeria’s history… that is what we are witnessing right now because if nothing changes after this, if this doesn’t work, then it is over.”

Earlier, he tweeted that he hadn’t slept since October 20th, writing: “I’ve seen a lot of violence and death in my life but this is the one that has traumatized me.”

The Afrobeats star spoke out at a recent peaceful #endSARS protest outside of the Nigerian High Commission in London.

Burna Boy’s fifth studio album ‘Twice As Tall’ came out earlier this year, featuring Stormzy, Timbaland and Diddy.