The “End SARS” movement has begun in Nigeria and has increasingly gained momentum over the weeks. It is a movement started by young citizens in Nigeria. They are looking to reform police policies, end the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars), and end bad governance by Nigeria’s political leaders.
The young protesters have hit the streets and are protesting to get their voices heard about the demanding changes. They are fed up with the police brutality happening in Nigeria and frustrated with the policing tactics used.
Listening to some of the young protesters out on the streets, they want a better future for Nigeria. They have been told of a time when the police were part of the community and weren’t trying to criminalize people off small things like tattoos.
The young protestors had not experienced the same state that their parents bring up when there weren’t much corruption or increased police brutality cases. The corruption from the police is high, and the treatment from the police is out of control.
Most of the Nigerian population is between the ages of 18-24. This age group makes up a large percentage of their population, and these young people are demanding true change from their government leaders.
The hashtag #EndSars has hit social media and has been trending for a few days now. Nigerian celebrities and influencers are spreading the message and using the hashtag to show their support.
This is another example in another country of policing being unethical and the citizens calling for police reform. Nigeria gained its independence many years ago, but at the moment, it’s going through a trying time.
The young generation is standing up against police brutality and calling for action with police reform. The EndSars is a movement that will continue until legislation changes take effect.