Davido releases statement explaining meeting with IG amid #ENDSARS protests
Nigerian activists and celebrities, including Davido, have all come together to protest police brutality in a movement that has since been dubbed #ENDSARS which is still ongoing.
Davido has been vocal about the movement and about police brutality in general. Over the duration of the demonstrations, he has joined the youth on the streets and on Sunday helped with the release of those who had been arrested.
On Monday, he announced that he was meeting with the Inspector-General of police to discuss the protests. He said, “I am meeting with the Inspector-General of Police tomorrow at 10 am. All my colleagues if you can get to Abuja tomorrow before 10 am and follow me to the meeting! It would mean a lot.”
I am meeting with the inspector general of police tomorrow 10 am …. all my colleagues if u can get to Abuja 2moro before 10 am and follow me to the meeting ! It would mean a lot ??
— Davido (@davido) October 11, 2020
However, not long after, reports that claimed that the musician “was denying protesting against police” soon overshadowed the real reason he was meeting with the IG.
In a statement rubbishing those rumours, the musician said, “I want to make it clear that I never went there to deny protesting. My comment was taken out of context. I was trying to explain that I was not at the protest to cause trouble or fight as you can hear me say in the video, but rather I was there in solidarity with every Nigerian demanding an end to police brutality.”
He released the statement via his social media account stating unequivocally that he is Nigerian first above all else.
“I have never claimed to be the voice of the people, nor can I claim to have been personally victimised by SARS. But as a young Nigerian, there is no way I could be silent on this matter and not help to the best of my ability- as flawed as it may come across to some. The crime here would have been in action. I’m a Nigerian FIRST, David Adeleke Second.”
I am Nigerian first before anything .. pic.twitter.com/pypB8PzLk3
— Davido (@davido) October 12, 2020
Davido is not the only Nigerian celebrity supporting the protests; Wizkid and Burna Boy have also thrown their internationally recognised voices behind the demonstrations.
On Sunday, the Inspector General announced the dissolution of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) but protests are still ongoing to end all forms of police brutality.
Read the full statement from Davido here.