Nigeria is in the middle of protests many of us have never seen in our lifetimes. Living in the diaspora at a time like this can give a feeling of helplessness that we cannot join the cause, however, that’s the farthest thing from reality. The reason this protest has been sustained for as long as it has already is because everyone plays a role regardless of where they may be in the world today. Here a couple of ways you too, from wherever you are in the world, can join our brave country people risking their lives on the front lines in Nigeria.
DONATE – DONATE – DONATE
The protests have been able to continue because young Nigerians have put their money where their mouths are and donated money to ensure protesters are fed, medical expenses are paid for and legal representation is sorted. In the face of a common enemy, young Nigerians, led by the Feminist Coalition, have come together in ways we’ve never seen before and your money can continue to help that happen. The beauty of it is there’s a level of accountability that we are not normally accustomed to and so you can rest assured that your money is going to good use.
To donate, go here! If you’ve never sent money to Nigeria before, it’s a lot easier than you think. With reliable apps like Xoom, Worldremit, and Transferwise, you can make those transfers and the money gets to Nigeria on the same day.
CONTACT YOUR LAWMAKERS AND THE INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE
It’s very easy for Nigerian politicians to ignore the protesters but one set of people they’re accountable to are: foreign countries. They spend their holidays and have children who live in these countries. They’re also dependent on developmental aid from these countries so the threat of potential sanctions or prosecution is one they’re likely to take seriously.
Today I have written to the Foreign Secretary @DominicRaab asking him to urgently confirm that no development spending has found its way into SARs units in Nigeria, or any other units in Nigeria responsible for corruption and abuses. #SARSMUSTEND #EndSARS pic.twitter.com/3py9OyL2ew
— Kate Osamor| Labour – Co-operative MP| Edmonton || (@KateOsamor) October 15, 2020
You can find a template to use in drafting letters here.
TAKE OVER THE NIGHT SHIFT ONLINE
While we may not be present in the flesh, we have the ability to use social media apps to our liking. When Nigerians back home sleep after a long day of protesting, the least we can do is keep the #ENDSARS and #ENDSWAT hashtags top of mind for everyone who follows us.
JOIN THE PROTESTS IN YOUR CITY
Most cities with a population of Nigerians in the diaspora are joining the protests by taking to the streets as well. We will update this page with new protests across the world as they become available to us.
NORTH AMERICAN PROTESTS