Celebrities have taken to social media to mourn the departed as Nigerians mark the second anniversary of the EndSARS protest, which claimed the lives of many, on October 20th, 2020.
According to news reports, in October 2020, youths took to the streets to protest police brutality.
The weeks-long protest had its epicenter at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos, where many young people gathered to air their grievances.
However, on October 20, 2020, some soldiers stormed the area to disperse the youths, prompting many to claim that a massacre occurred that night.
To commemorate the two-year anniversary, social media has been flooded with messages of sorrow for the lives lost.
Peter Okoye, Yul Edochie, Deyemi Okanlawon, Uche Nnanna, Tawa Ajisefinni, Ireti Doyle, Mercy Aigbe, Ufuoma McDermott, Kolawole Ajeyemi, Toyin Abraham, and others have paid tribute to those who have died.
“We will not forget!!” Peter Okoye wrote.
“We will never forget all our heroes who lost their lives while fighting for a better Nigeria,” May the fight never be in vain. October 20th, 2020. Yul Edochie wrote.
“We will never forget….20/10/10,” Deyemi Okanlawon wrote.
“Can we ever forget 20/10/20. Uche Nnanna wrote.
“On this day two years ago,” 10/20/2020. Our fallen heroes deserve justice. Tawa Ajisefinni wrote.
“Two years on, and we’re still going through it,” It’s almost as if you’re clawing your way out of a deep hole, only to slide right back in, eyes wide open. Today is a particularly difficult day because another young colleague is laid to rest. O sun mi… Akoso, ki oliwa gba akoso. 20/10/20. Ireti Doyle wrote.
“20.10.20,” We will not forget!!! May the souls of our brothers and sisters who died on this day during the peaceful ENDSARS protest be at peace. Your bravery in freeing this nation from the hands of our oppressors will not be forgotten. You are our heroes. Mercy Aigbe wrote.
“20.10.20,” We will always remember and honor their unrivaled bravery until the very end. Kolawole Ajeyemi wrote.
“20/10/20,” Forever etched in history. By the blood of our forefathers. That will never go unnoticed. They inquire. Where is your authority? What happened to your voice? Take all of your emotions from today and remember that you have power and a voice. Let it be known that you voted wisely. They were hoping we would forget. They hoped, like lazy youths, to divide us along ethnic lines. Or even religious differences. But we are more powerful. We’ve matured! We are more daring. We are awake!
Please don’t let it all go to waste. We were waiting for the next election to go #Sorosoke.” Ufuoma McDermott wrote.