Nigerian music star, David Adedeji Adeleke better known as Davido has cleared air about the video making waves on the internet which had him say while in the Police Headquarter, Abuja that he didn’t partake in the EndSARS protest.
The singer explained that people took his statement out of context because he was explaining to Police PRO, Mr Frank Mba the reason he came to Abuja from Lagos wasn’t solely to protest but to dialogue with the IG as they had already planned.
Davido wrote; “Today my team and I met with the IG of police at their headquarters in Abuja 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. 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 Nigerian 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 an invitation from the IG of police to come to Abuja for a stakeholders meeting scheduled for Monday morning. That was the reason for my trip and for my Abuja tweets.
“As for the talk doing rounds about me going to ‘deny protesting’ and lie due to intimidation or whatever. It’s a shame that at this particular time lies have to be spread by blogs that should be focused on fighting for the cause, and a shame that I have to explain myself, but I have to.
“Mr. Mba had seen videos and pictures of myself 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 the protesters and led them down to Force HQ so l 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. Hence my “I didn’t protest’ explanation.
“I am not one to fear police or fear protests.
I had someone record on IG live was because as usual I’m trying to carry people along on every step. This movement belongs to each and every one of us and no one single person can claim to be the leader of this.
“The room we were in where the video leaked was Mr Mba’s. We waited there briefly for the IG to see us. The actual meeting with the IG though recorded has not yet been shared. That was where
we discussed extensively the issues facing the youth and facing us as a nation.
“I have never claimed to be the voice of the people, nor can I claim to have been personally victimized by SARS. But as a young Nigerian, 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. The crime here would
have been inaction.
“I’m a Nigerian FIRST, David Adeleke Second. I would like to thank the IG for agreeing to meet with us under such short notice and hearing us out, the great Nigerian youth for being so inspiring and showing the world that things are chang-
ing, and in particular l’d like to thank the REAL voices of this movement – Our WOMEN. They have been the backbone of the protests, and we must protect them at all costs.
“Lastly, may we never forget those that have tragically lost their lives to police brutality before and during these protests. Yours always, David Adeleke”
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