Naomi Campbell broke down in tears during an emotional live stream where she branded the protest shootings in Nigeria a ‘modern day genocide’ and called for change to police brutality. The British supermodel spoke out about the horri...
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Naomi Campbell broke down in tears during an emotional live stream where she branded the protest shootings in Nigeria a ‘modern day genocide’ and called for change to police brutality.
The British supermodel spoke out about the horrifying events at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos on Tuesday, where many people were reportedly shot dead by armed military during peaceful protests against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
In an Instagram live, Naomi became tearful as she condemned the brutal attacks. ‘Now we have Nigeria, innocent people that are being killed and they want to get on the television and say no one was killed,’ she told her followers. ‘We have cameras. We have proof. We can see with our eyes. If this is the only way we can get the truth out there, then we will do all that we can to do so.
‘Innocent people are being killed in Nigeria for just singing national anthems and peacefully protesting. Lives are being taken.
This is like a modern day genocide and we shall not shut up about it until there is a change,’ she said. Vowing to continue spotlighting acts of brutality across Africa, Naomi continued: ‘There needs to be a change and we need to be the ones to make a change. So stand up Nigeria, stand up everyone, stand up Congo, stand up Sudan, stand up South Africa. Naomi Campbell refuses to ‘shut up’ about the police brutality in Nigeria (Picture: @naomicampbell) ‘Africa is an incredible and beautiful continent and we are not to be ignored. We are to be treated fairly so all of you out there – the UN, UNESCO, Amnesty International, please step in and help. Don’t let this happen.’
The model added: ‘The youths are our future, they’re our next generation of leaders. This is heartbreaking. ‘I know I’m sitting here and I’m not there, and if I could be there, I would be. I’m waiting for my visa to get cleared because I have no problem going to the African continent. It’s a continent that I love. But I know that there needs to be a change like we all know.’
Naomi, 50, has spent a lifetime campaigning for charitable causes in Africa and famously had a close friendship with the late Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s former president and anti-apartheid activist. Several people were reportedly shot dead during protests in Lekki, Nigeria. Her charity Fashion For Relief, founded by the model in 2005, has raised millions providing aid for those impacted by natural disasters and disasters around the world.
The philanthropist had earlier reacted to the shootings in Nigeria and wrote in an Instagram post: ‘President @muhammadubuhari, please stop the violence that is killing the Bright and promising future of Nigeria. Our youths and young generation are our leaders of the future. ‘Show the world who are watching…BE THE HEAD OF STATE THAT SETS AN EXAMPLE! #STOP POLICE BRUTALITY!! # STOP THE SPECIAL ANIT ROBBERY SQUAD.’
It comes after Nigeria’s Lagos state governor Babjide Sanwo-Olu tweeted that only one person died and said they were unclear if they were a protestor. However, Amnesty International claims around 38 people have now been declared dead since the events of Tuesday.
Thousands have demonstrated every day for nearly two weeks against SARS, which has been accused of extortion, harassment, torture and murders, particularly targeting youths. The unit was disbanded last week due to mounting pressure on the government.