#EndSARS: Black Lives Matter co-founder demands justice for victims of Lekki shooting
Co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, Opal Tometi, has urged Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari to hold accountable security personnel accused of shooting End SARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate.
She made the call in an open letter signed by a group of activists and celebrities, and published in the New York Times on Thursday, December 10, 2020 to mark International Human Rights Day.
This comes nearly two months after men in military uniform opened fire on peaceful protesters who converged at the Lekki toll gate on October 20.
The demonstrators had called for an end to police brutality and a rogue police unit known as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
36-year-old Black Lives Matter co-founder, Opal Tometi who is an American with Nigerian parents, organized the open letter written to the federal government.
Tometi who said she has friends and family in Nigeria, added that it was not difficult to get others to sign on.
“We care about the issues of police brutality no matter where they’re occurring,” she told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday. “The violence that people have been met with is intolerable.’‘
The letter, which was also signed by climate change campaigner, Greta Thunberg, also asks the government to release jailed protesters, lift a ban on protests and allow an independent human rights monitor investigation into “the actions that led to the killings at Lekki Toll Gate.”
“People are missing and people have died as a consequence of speaking out,” Tometi said. “We will not abide it.”