Burna Boy seems doubtful about the effectiveness of the EndSARS initiative. The singer expressed his skepticism on the prospect of significant change emerging from the protests in a recent interview.
In October 2020, Many Young Nigerians took to the streets to protest police brutality in the streets, using the hashtag #EndSARS,
The further demanding for the dissolution of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) and other police reforms.
Protesters demanded that SARS officers undergo mental evaluations and retraining before being redeployed.
The youth also demanded justice for all those who died as a result of police brutality, as well as an adequate raise in the salaries of Nigerian police officers.
Many other Nigerians took advantage of the opportunity to demand better governance from the political class.
SARS has since been defunct, but discussions about police coercion still resurface at times.
Burna Boy said he would no longer encourage young Nigerians to lose their lives in such protests.
“My thoughts don’t matter around that. Nothing is going to change. It just is what is,” he was quoted as saying.
“I’m not going to encourage any young people to lose their lives senselessly anymore, d’you understand? When something is ready to happen, it will happen.
“I understand that now. You can’t jump into something that you don’t fully understand, even with our country. With understanding comes readiness for action.”
Well what we say, it is indeed looking like the endsars campaign was an effort in futility
But was it really? well the 2023 election result will be proof to whether Endsars was indeed impactful or not