Popular media marketing consultant and human rights activist, Segun Awosanya, who is popularly known as Segalink, has withdrawn from the ongoing #EndSARS protest. saying the movement has been hijacked by a group of feminists whom he accused of pursuing an LGBTQ agenda.
The social activist, who has spearheaded the campaign against police brutality since 2017 and has since been at the forefront of the protest, said it has been hijacked for other purposes. This includes the agenda of a group of feminists to pursuing LGBTQ rights under the aegis of #EndSARS.
Awosanya announced his withdrawal in a statement on Sunday, alleging that the movement fueling it is seeking insurrection.
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He said, “Jumping from social reform already in gear without consultation to the original organisation that’s been on it since 2017, staging coordinated attacks on prominent reform advocates and then using a credible advocacy’s campaign to raise funds through an unregistered NGO, threatening the integrity of our nation and gunning for youth insurrection in the name of #EndSARS. Is this even sane?” he asked in his statement.
He tweeted: “All efforts to talk sense into the arrowheads, who are mostly abroad and the few in their high estates have proven abortive. I believe everyone is matured enough to face the consequences of their actions. #Selah.”
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The activist had earlier called for the protest to end since the government has asked for time to implement their demands but was afterwards accused of trying to use a platform he created with other activists against police brutality to outsmart #EndSARS protesters. However, he denied the allegations, saying they were being pushed by Feminist Coalition, a group of feminists whom he accused of pursuing an LGBTQ agenda.
Since the #EndSARS protests began two weeks ago, the Feminist Coalition has been leading the campaign to raise funds to provide support victims of police brutality and undue harassment. The group received a major boost last week when the CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey recognised the platform as the face of the movement, verified their Twitter account and amplified their fundraiser.
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Feminist Coalition, in a now-deleted tweet, had said it is now expanding its campaign against police brutality to include a call to restore the dignity of members of the LGBTQ+ community in Nigeria. LGBTQ+ is widely defined as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer and others.
“Our communal fight to #EndSARS is inclusive of the LGBGTQ+ community who are also harassed, assaulted and killed by police,” the group said on Twitter Sunday evening. “They deserve the same justice we seek & even more so, as they are also a target of the law. You can’t be what you fight against!”
“A movement is not a political party or interest group, neither is it a fad or trend, which are unorganised, fleeting and without structured goals. It is in between all these and takes grounded education to navigate the terrain,” Awosanya said.