STATEMENT ON #ENDSARS PROTEST IN NIGERIA
Nairobi, 30 October 2020 – The Stop the Bleeding (STB) Consortium notes with apprehension the violent happenings that have followed the Nigerian Youth protests, calling for the abolition of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), accused of misconduct. Our hearts go out to all those who have lost a loved one, and those injured during the violence. We stand with Nigerians who are peacefully demonstrating for police reform and the fight against corruption.
The STB Consortium is a Pan-African platform working to contribute to the furtherance of social justice causes, including civil liberties, labour rights, human rights and gender justice. The right to peaceful assembly, freedom of expression and association are essential to adhering to universal human rights and respecting democracy. The STB Consortium urges the Nigerian security forces to respect for these fundamental rights, cease the violent crackdown and exercise restraint in the management of the protests in Nigeria, which have resulted in several deaths.
The STB Consortium appeals all demonstrators, political and social actors to reject the use of violence and respect human rights as well as the rule of law. The STB Consortium encourages the Nigerian Government to engage in a good-faith dialogue with civil society leaders to address the long-standing grievances against the police to achieve a more just and inclusive Nigeria.
The STB Consortium continues to support the government and people of Nigeria for a peaceful solution. It welcomes an immediate investigation of any use of excessive force by members of the Nigerian security forces. Those involved in any use of excessive force should be held to account as per Nigerian law. The STB Consortium strongly believes that it is also important for Nigeria to fully harness its natural resource wealth and enjoy the peace dividend from prosperity, by curbing illicit financial flows, corruption and revenue leakages.