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EndSars Campaign: Nigerians Unfollowing Buhari On Twitter

Nigerians have taken on the President, Muhammadu Buhari over the continuous unjust killings by Special Anti-Robbery Squad popularly known as SARS.

The new protest is launched by Reno Omokri, a former aide to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

Omokri had in less than six hours ago, asked Nigerians to unfollow Mr Buhari who has 3.5 million followers on Twitter to express their seriousness. 

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The former aide tweets “Dear Nigerians, If we all mean business with this #EndSARS movement, let’s send a strong message to General @MBuhari

He has 3.5 million followers. If we all stop following him and he sees his Twitter following drop by 1 million, he will sit up. Who is with me? Let’s go there!”

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As at the time of writing this report, Nigeria President has lost 100,000 followers. 

Omokri isn’t the first to go after the President. One of the Nigerian most popular singers, Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun popularly known as Wizkid took it out on Mr Buhari on Tuesday after he sent a warm tweet to the President of the United States, Donald Trump who tested positive for COVID-19.

Mr Buhari, who hadn’t, at the time of his tweet commented on the growing anger among Nigerians tweets Buhari had tweeted “I wish US President, Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, quick and full recovery from Covid-19.”

Wizkid in a swift response tweets “Donald Trump is not your business! Old man! Police/Sarz still killing Nigerian youth on a daily! Do something! Nothing concern u for America! Face your country!!”

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After two days of protests across the country, Mr Buhari met with the Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu on Friday.

The meeting was called to update the President on the progress the IGP has taken to address the complaints against SARS. 

The President gave Mr Adamu a matching order to reform the Squad, investigate cases of infractions and ensure offenders are brought to justice.

Mr Buhari said in his tweets on Friday that his government’s determination to reform the police “should never be in doubt”.

The President disclosed that he was being briefed regularly on the effort by the IGP to “End police brutality and unethical conduct, and ensure that the Police are fully accountable to the people.

He added, “The IG already has my firm instructions to conclusively address the concerns of Nigerians regarding these excesses and ensure erring personnel are brought to justice. 

“I appeal for patience & calm, even as Nigerians freely exercise their right to peacefully make their views known. 

“The vast majority of men and women of the Nigeria Police Force are patriotic and committed to protecting the lives and livelihoods of Nigerians, and we will continue to support them to do their job.”

The calls to End SARS in Nigeria reignited following the killing of a man in front of a hotel in Ughelli, Delta State by Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) operatives.

A video which surfaced on 3 October shows how a SARS agent shot a man in cold blood near Wetland Hotel in Ughelli and then escapes with his vehicle – a white Lexus Sport Utility Vehicle.

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