Statement by the Lagos Studies Association on #EndSars Protest, Police Brutality, and Institutional Decay in Nigeria
October 20, 2020
The Lagos Studies Association (LSA), founded in 2017, stands in solidarity with those protesting police brutality and failure of government in Nigeria. We stand in memory of many innocent victims of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), which has terrorized communities, profiled young people, and intensified the crisis of development in the country. We offer our sympathy to the victims of violence and everyone who have suffered in one way or another due to police brutality.
We recognize that the current agitation has been largely peaceful and well-coordinated, against the threat and intimidation of the Nigerian security forces. We condemn the pockets of violence in some parts of the country, which are largely a consequence of the politicization of the protest and unresolved discontent against political leadership in the country. Any attempt to disrupt the peaceful and legitimate protest would intensify violence and worsen the deplorable relationship between Nigerians and their government. The LSA calls for a serious dialogue and a genuine plan of action to address all the concerns of Nigerians. We are in solidarity with all Nigerians demanding quality leadership and carrying the burdens of institutional decay. Their agitation is part of a global movement for justice and fairness for all.
Through research, teaching, advocacy, and gatherings, such as our annual conference taking place at the University of Lagos, the LSA is committed to using knowledge to address all forms of injustices and the sites through which they manifest. We believe in using ideas and work produced by our academic and nonacademic members to advocate for quality leadership, sustainable development, and a society free from all forms of prejudice and violence.