Nigerian singer and Grammy Award nominee Damini Ogulu aka Burna Boy has lent his voice to the voices of millions of Nigerian youth protesting against the Special Anti Robbery Squad popularly known as SARS across the country.
He earlier issued a statement on Saturday amid criticisms from Nigerian youths who had expressed disappointment over his continued silence on the matter.
However, the self-acclaimed African giant stated that the protest is about deeper issues and should not be centered around him.
He wrote, “I have taken the past week to gather my thoughts. I usually respond to these matters with my emotions and frustrations. This time I have chosen to ignore the attempts; well-meaning or derogatory to draw me out. This is not and should not be about me. It is about a fundamental problem that affects us all Nigerians, as Africans, and as human beings.
“The state of our country, Nigeria, is tricky; it has been from before I was born. My greatest concern in all of this is that SARS will end now as it allegedly has several times in the past (I recall giving calls to end SARS during my USA tour in April 2019 and morph into a different entity down the line with a different form or a different name. In my opinion, abolishing the unit is a definite first step but we cannot afford to stop there.”
Burna also revealed that he had created a fund that would be used in helping protesters that are wrongfully arrested by the police.
“I have created a sub-fund under my charity- The Reach called (@ProjectProtectng) to help protesters that are wrongfully harmed/arrested by SARS during and after these protests. This is a fund for the people by the people,”
He also appreciated the protesters for exercising their right to demonstrate and to hold the government accountable.