The African Union and West African regional bloc Ecowas have been condemned widely by many Africans for keeping silent on ongoing violence in Nigeria.
Protesters in Nigeria have been demanding at end to police brutalities forcing the government to disband the notorious police unit called the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS).
The government then replaced the disbanded unit with a new one called the Special Weapons and Tactics (Swat) to carry out the duties handled by the Sars.
Protests have however continued for days with citizens not satisfied with the government’s response to reforming the police.
On Tuesday soldiers reportedly shot into unarmed protesters in Lagos state amid a curfew.
Africans on social media have been unhappy with the silence of the African Union and the Ecowas on the current happenings in Nigeria.
— Saada ?? ? (@daddys_girlT) October 20, 2020
You’ll tweet about the cathedral but not about what’s going on in Nigeria. A bloody massacre is on the rise chairman of ECOWAS. Please say something. Be a leader and lead. Do what Buahri can’t do for his own people, please. https://t.co/IuJ9lxZtvO
— EFIAODO (@efiaodo1) October 20, 2020
Mr President and ECOWAS Chair @NAkufoAddo we need you to speak up against the violence being meted out to Nigerians by the police. Their demand is for an end to police brutality not to be slapped with even more. Impress on @MBuhari to stop. Signed: Ghanaian and African citizen.
— Francis Abban (@francis_abban) October 20, 2020
?? ???where is the ECOWAS. What are the other African leaders doing????? This is heartbreaking
— Kwadwo Safo Jnr (@kwadwosafo_Jnr) October 20, 2020
What are our African Leaders saying tho? ECOWAS, AU? Nothing?!
— ? (@kuvie_) October 20, 2020
We’ll never forget 10/20/2020. The day the government of Nigeria massacred it’s own people. We need the African Union and ECOWAS to call on President Buhari to stop the killing immediately. #EndSARS https://t.co/DPdcgpv0B3
— Opal Tometi ???? (@opalayo) October 20, 2020
Collective silence of AU & ECOWAS is deafening. That needs to change ASAP. #EndSARS
— M.anifest (@manifestive) October 20, 2020
— Shailja Patel (@shailjapatel) October 20, 2020
— Lexis Bill (@lexisbill) October 20, 2020