Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a former minister of Finance; and Akinwunmi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), have both lauded the #EndSARS protesters clamouring for an end to police brutality in Nigeria.
Nigerians across the federation have been protesting for the past 12 days under the #EndSARS movement, clamouring for the scrapping of the now-disbanded Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad (F-SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force, as well as an end to police brutality and extortion in the country.
In separate Twitter posts on Sunday, the duo, who are renowned for their work with international financial organisations, commended the protesters, who are mainly youths, for speaking up and talking about the issues affecting the country.
Okonjo-Iweala, who is a nominee for the Director-General position of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), urged the protesters to remain peaceful and be united.
I applaud the resourcefulness and courage of Nigerian youth in the #EndSARS. Powerful to let your voices be heard peacefully. Let’s join hands for a positive outcome through a One Nigeria approach.
— Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (@NOIweala) October 18, 2020
On his part, Adesina, a former minister of agriculture, juxtaposed the Nigerian youth as the seed which grows to become a tree.
The AfDB President called for an end to police brutality, as well as the protection of all Nigerians.
The seed that grows becomes a tree. The seeds of Nigeria are its youth. Protect the youth. Protect our women. Protect everyone. Every life matters. End all forms of police brutality. Ensure justice and rule of law.
Save the nation. #EndSARS
— Akinwumi A. Adesina (@akin_adesina) October 18, 2020