The rage started on Social Media. Nigerians are heavy twitter users. Anger hit boiling point on twitter, leading to actual physical demonstration that has since seen reactions and quick action.
Started with a video circulating on twitter and a tweet that described a murder incident in Delta State. A young man was shot in front of a hotel in in Ughelli, a town in Delta state,, and left for dead.
Videos of alleged killings surfaced on the internet getting people agitated and moved straight to action.
I was so excited to see so many people add their voices, and use their social media influence to affect positive change. The power of new media to make change happen is beautiful. With just one tweet, and less than 200 characters, you can actually start a movement to affect change in society. This would have been deemed impossible two decades back.
#EndSARS: Moved From the streets of Twitter to the streets of Lagos, Delta, Abuja, Ogun…
Over 140 million people reached and still counting. It was number 1 trend for days.
As a result of the mounting pressure, the Nigerian Police Force announced on Sunday that SARS( Nigeria’s federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad) has been dissolved.
Activists have campaigned against SARS for years but this year is arguably the most impactful, people came together to create lasting buzz. Nigerian celebrities took up the cause, helping the hashtag #EndSARS go viral.
The hashtag #ENDSARS has been trending at no.1 worldwide today, as protestors continue to demand a notorious police unit in Nigeria, is disbanded. https://t.co/p8K9qb57ZS#BBCAfricaLive pic.twitter.com/GzHNGHYZjJ— BBC News Africa (@BBCAfrica) October 9, 2020
I have a quick message for you. Don’t underestimate the power of a single tweet that resonates with the feelings of people. You have what it takes to make your solution a game changer. If you genuinely want to make the world a better place, get on twitter, the new media and start creating content.