Popular comedian, Basketmouth has said that Nigerian leaders are not bothered by the #ENDSARS protests as their kids are not in the country to experience police brutality.
Speaking in a television interview on Arise TV, Basketmouth whose real name is Bright Okpocha said that the problem of police brutality is not a new thing. It has however persisted because those majorly affected are the poor masses.
Okpocha also said that he has also been harrased by operatives of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) in the past.
“The reason why #EndSARS doesn’t affect our leaders is that their kids are abroad. They are not in the streets and even if they move around at night, they’re protected. That is why they don’t care,” he said.
“Since this whole thing started, l can count the number of leaders out there that have come out to speak for us, people that we voted into power. How many of them have come outside to talk? None.
“These guys have been doing it for a very long time. First hand, l know and they have harassed me before.”
Basketmouth explained that lawmakers who are also supposed to amplify the voices of the people have been quiet since the demonstrations commenced.
“This is their job. If they are actually doing their job, we won’t be in the streets stressing ourselves. They are the ones that should go to Ask Rock and tell the powers about the situation,” he added.
“Look, we have been crippled, mothers have been crying for a very long time that their children are being killed and their rights violated but nothing has happened.”
The 42-year-old enjoined other demonstrators not to back down on the ongoing agitations until the federal government show concrete commitment towards addressing the issues raised.
Popular Igbo rapper, Phyno has cried out to the general public saying that the lives of Enugu youths including his are being threatened by the Enugu State government.
This comes in light of the ongoing #ENDSARS protests going on in several parts of the nation.
In a post on social media, Phyno claimed that should anything happen to him or any other #ENDSARS protesters, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi should be held responsible.