By Peter Ayoade
The daughters of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday took to social media to join the #ENDSARS protest which is aimed at putting an end to police harassment, brutality and extrajudicial killings.
Zahra Buhari-Indimi, who is the daughter of President Buhari, posted a photo of clenched fists on her Instagram status with the words, #EndPoliceBrutality.
The Vice-President’s daughter, Kiki Osinbajo, also posted the same photo on her Instagram page with the caption, “Police Brutality Must End Now… #EndPoliceBrutality #EndSARS.”
However, many Nigerian youths asked them to convey the message to their fathers directly as this would be more effective than a mere social media post.
It should be noted that thousands of youths have since Thursday been publicly protesting the excesses of the men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force.
The police unit, which is originally mandated to fight against armed robbery, has in recent years been engaging in the arbitrary arrest of youths under the guise of tackling cybercrimes