The #EndSARS protest calls for the dissolution of the notorious SARS police unit in Nigeria. SARS is notorious for abuses and crimes against citizens and has become a target of protests.
Social media is the most important tool for Nigerian youth to fight for a better and more just life. The #EndSARS protest started as a Twitter campaign and led to protests against police brutality and corruption throughout the country. Despite the lack of a formal leadership structure, young activists used social media to raise their voice and fight for their cause. Although most protests were peaceful, there were also violent attacks, including the use of military forces against demonstrators in Lekki-Lagos.
The #EndSARS movement is a historic event in Nigeria. Young people are resisting corruption and oppression in an inspiring way. The movement has brought national unity and gained international support. The Catholic Church is calling for dialogue. The protesters demand the immediate release of detained demonstrators, compensation for victims of the SARS unit, an independent commission to investigate and prosecute crimes committed by the unit, psychological evaluation and retraining of the unit, and better pay for Nigerian police officers. The implementation of these demands remains to be seen.