Billionaire boss of the leading social media platform “Twitter”, and payments company Square, Jack Dorsey, has joined in support of the #EndSARS protest that has overtaken Nigeria.
A few hours ago, Jack Dorsey took to his Twitter handle to solicit support for Nigerian protesters seeking an end to Police brutality and calling for reforms.
He tweeted, “Donate via Bitcoin to help #EndSARS,” while also retweeting a tweet from the Feminist Coalition informing people of the modes by which contributions can be made to the movement.
Twitter CEO has been a longstanding Bitcoin supporter. In the past, he had said Bitcoin is “probably the best” native currency of the internet due to it being “consensus-driven” and “built by everyone.”
some days ago, Square, Inc. (NYSE: SQ) led by Twitter’s Jack Dorsey on October 8th disclosed that it purchased, 4,709 bitcoins at an estimated worth of $50 million.
Square added it invested in cryptos because it saw it as a tool for economic enhancement via participation in the future of payment systems, which aligns with Square’s objectives.
The government of Nigeria in recent days has also banned protests in the capital Abuja, citing public safety measures to tackle Covid-19.
Demonstrations against police brutality have taken place in cities across Nigeria in the past week.
The protests have continued despite authorities agreeing to disband the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars).
What has the government done?
It has promised to meet several of the protesters’ demands.
As well as banning Sars, President Muhammadu Buhari has promised an “extensive” reform of Nigeria’s police service.
The authorities have also vowed to free all those protesters who have been detained.
They say that all Sars officers will undergo a psychological and medical examination before further training and redeployment, and that Sars officers will not be redeployed to the unit set up to replace it, the Special Weapons and Tactics (Swat) team.
However, the protesters remain sceptical, pointing out that several previous pledges to abolish or reform Sars were not fulfilled.