Two African-American men have been killed by the US police in the past week. Philando Castile was shot in his car by officer Yanez in Minnesota on Wednesday as his fiancée Ms. Diamond Reynolds streamed the incident live on Facebook, less than 24 hours after Alton Sterling was shot dead by Baton Rogue police in Louisiana. Following these recent happenings, people have taken to different mediums to express their feelings, in a series of fierce tweets Jesse Williams has expressed how he feels about the incidents.
Rapper Drake also penned a letter on his Instagram page he said “I am grateful to call America my second home. Last night when I saw the video of Alton Sterling being killed it left me feeling disheartened, emotional, and truly scared. It’s impossible to ignore that the relationship between black and brown communities and law enforcement remains as strained as it was decades ago. No one begins their life as a hashtag. Yet the trend of being reduced to one continues”. Beyoncé also dropped a message on her official website about the killings, she asked fans to observe a minute of silence in honor of the deceased at her concert in Glasgow, England.
John legend also tweeted his opinion as he said that “we don’t have to jump through hoops to prove black people shouldn’t be shot by police during routine traffic stops”.
In a show of solidarity Nigerians have also taken to social media platforms to show their support and concern, on the other hand, many Nigerian social bloggers and political voices are sad to see Nigerians so focused on hash tagging #blacklivesmatter but make no comment about ethnic killings or the plight of those in Nigeria. Reno Omokri, spokesman to former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan revealed his dilemma on Twitter.
On the 12th of December 2015 the Nigerian Army killed hundreds of Shiite Muslims in Zaria, Nigerian security agencies also killed about seventeen Biafra protesters on the 30th of May 2016. Saheed Damilare Eyitayo was tortured and killed in DSS custody, Eyitayo was arrested while DSS operatives were on the trail of his friend who had been accused of cloning the phone number of the Governor of Lagos State Akinwunmi Ambode.
In the recent past the military leveled and hideously wiped out the entire community of Zaki Biam in Benue State, over 100 civilians died in the attack under the auspices of the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo. Every day countless lives are lost in Nigeria at the hands of security operatives and it simply goes unnoticed. We should all speak up for justice, because the realization of justice, in the actual state of things, is a matter of life or death not only for the individual but for society and for civilization.