#EndSARS: Davido clears air over denial of protests

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The Nigeria Hip hop artist, David Adeleke popularly known as Davido has cleared the air over his denial of participating in the End SARS protests during his invite to see the Inspector General of Police, IGP Muhammad Adamu at the Force Headquarters Abuja on Monday.

In a statement released, Davido claimed that his comment was taken out of context, he said he was invited for a stakeholders meeting with the IGP to discuss the End SARS protests and the way forward. “I want to make it clear that I never went there to deny protesting. My comment was taken out of context”.

According to Davido, “I was trying to explain that I was not at the protest to cause trouble or fight as you can hear me say in the video, but rather I was there in solidarity with every Nigerians demanding an end to police brutality.

“I was also explaining to Mr Frank Mba, the Force PRO, that my intention on leaving Lagos for Abuja was not to lead a protest like many had thought. I had finally secured invitation from the IG of Police to come to Abuja for a stakeholders meeting scheduled for Monday morning”, he said.

He blamed bloggers who suppose be focused on fighting for the cause, spreading lies about him denying protests due to intimidation. “Mr Mba had seen the video and pictures of me on social media protesting in solidarity alongside my fellow Nigerians and asked what happened as he also knew that was not the plan.

“I then explained the reason I got involved with protesters and led them down to Force HQ, so I could dialogue with the officers in charge who were accused of effecting arrests. I was there until we were given assurance that all protesters were released and we left shortly after”, he said.

Davido further said that he has never claimed to be the voice of the people, nor can he claim to have been victimized by SARS. “But as a young Nigerians, there is no way I could be silent on this matter and not help to the best of my ability as flawed as it may come across to some.

“I’m a Nigerian first, David Adeleke second. I would like to thank the IG of Police for agreeing to meet with us under such notice and hearing us out, the great Nigerian youths for being so inspiring and showing the world that things are changing and in particular I’d like to thank the real voice of the moment, our women.

“They have been the backbone of the protests and we must protect them at all cost. Lastly, may we never forget those that are tragically lost their lives to the police brutality during these protests”, he said.

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