Following the pleas from the Minister of Youths and Sports, Sunday Dare, on Monday, urging popular Nigerian singer, Naira Marley to suspend his planned peaceful protest, the musician has announced the cancellation of the protest.
According to Dare, the grievances that sparked the talks of the protest are already being addressed, hence there is no need to still go ahead with the protest.
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It will be recalled that Naira Marley had called for a peaceful protest over the illegality of the actions of some operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS. Nigerian youths had also expressed their outrage over the harassment and even extrajudicial killings in the hands of the SARS officials, using Twitter hashtags like #ENDSARS, #EndSARSBrutality and #EndSARSPermanently.
The singer subsequently vowed to lead the protest against the injustice and abuse of rights being meted out on Nigerians by SARS.
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However, while pleading with the musician to suspend the protest, the minister said the federal government was determined to tackle the issue.
He wrote in a tweet, “I urge you and other youth not to embark upon any protest. Your grievances are being addressed at the highest level of government. As the Minister in charge of youth I know this is an issue that must be tackled. Government is doing just that.”
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Naira Marley thereafter announced the cancellation via his Twitter handle.
“We won’t be protesting anymore because there’s a lot of changes being made right now.
“As a Marlian we will give them a week to see the changes and if there’s no changes we will start a mass protest. #togetherwecan,” his tweet read.
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Meanwhile, the Nigeria Police Force also announced on its verified Twitter handle, plans for the PRO of the Force, Frank Mba, to hold a chat with Naira Marley on Instagram Live to discuss the pressing issues.