Twitter app users had itches late Thursday, while trying to refresh and get updates on the world class social media platform, which reportedly crashed due to #EndSARS online protest which has been ravaging through social media over a week, Nigerian youths are ecstatic about the development showering unreserved praises on the Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey. Who made an emoji of tight fist possible to accompany the #EndSARS hashtag cause.
Lazy Nigerian Youths #EndSARS protest gradually started from social media and graduated to the streets, with youths across Nigeria keying in to the protest to end police brutality, from Lagos to Enugu, Ibadan to Ekiti, Port-Harcourt to Asaba, Kaduna to Uyo and other cities within Nigeria, there are pockets of roadblocks across high streets in Lagos, making it difficult for commuters to get to their various locations as at desired time. Nigerian expatriate communities around the world are seen showing solidarities to the course.
The protests specifically target the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a unit of the Nigerian Police Force that is notorious for arresting, intimidating and killing young citizens outside the ambits of the law.
Between January 2017 and May 2018, Amnesty International documented 82 cases of torture and extrajudicial execution by SARS.
Nigerian youth have had enough of this intimidation and are strongly making this known through protests across the West African nation.
The protest is gradually snowballing into #Endbadgovernance, which include increment in PMS (Premium Motor Spirit), increment in PHCN tariff, the aggrieved youths have orchestrated plans to visit major newspapers outfits which Punch Newspapers top radar list in a bid to drive their protest to save lands.
Nigerians home and abroad are seen openly coming out to support the “Lazy Youths” with their hard earn, providing ambulances; data; food and beverages, drinks and music to keep in high spirit the tenacity of the forced to wall Nigerian youths.
Checkout twitter handle of Uche Jombo and Samuel Otigba
Uche Jombo Rodriguez @uchejombo “Will be sending out credit for data to keep #EndSARS online protesters going!!! You guys are doing amazing.”
Samuel Otigba twitter handle @SamuelOtigba, “I need a contact person at Mushin protest venue to receive the security guards. Pls Dm.”
Meanwhile, in an earlier report the CEO of Twitter and Square, Jack Dorsey, has urged his followers to donate Bitcoin to the #endSARS cause, which aims to end police brutality in Nigeria.
The crypto donation site he linked to is run by a group of Nigerian feminists fighting against the police’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) through protests, fundraising, and social media.
A series of demonstrations began in Nigeria on October 4 with thousands taking to the streets to protest against police brutality in Nigeria and call for the disbanding of SARS, with the #endSARS hashtag trending.
Various crypto startups like BuyCoins and Busha have also donated to the cause.
Ray Youssef, CEO of Peer-to-peer Bitcoin marketplace Paxful, which is popular across Africa, also embraced the #endSARS hashtag, accusing police of unfairly targeting young people for using cryptocurrency. He said the situation was a “real crisis of human rights happening now!”
This is a real crisis of human rights happening now! Police are targeting young entrepreneurs for using crypto currency. Nigerians brilliantly adopted crypto early and used it legitimately to rise out of poverty and restore honor to Nigeria and this is their reward ? #EndSARS https://t.co/Tuhn83x5pA
— Ray Youssef (@raypaxful) October 11, 2020
Jack Dorsey has been a longstanding Bitcoin supporter. In the past, he has said Bitcoin is “probably the best” native currency of the internet due it being “consensus-driven” and “built by everyone.”
Dorsey’s payments company Square Inc, has set up a new open source non-profit organization to hold crypto patents. In the past week Square joined MicroStrategy as a major publicly listed company with Bitcoin on its books, after purchasing $50 million worth of BTC. The news made headlines including in mainstream newspapers around the world like The Scotsman, which said the move had “caused ripples throughout the whole of corporate America.”