What Goldberg said: In chain tweets on Thursday, January 19, 2023, Goldberg attributed supporters of Peter Obi, the Labor Party’s presidential candidate, to the EndSARS movement, which he further said was influenced by the Black Lives Matter movement.
What Nigerians had to say: With his thread of tweets going viral, many Nigerians weighed in on Goldberg’s comments.
About BLM: Black Lives Matter is a decentralized political and social movement that seeks to address the issues of racism, discrimination, and racial inequality experienced by African Americans.
Most of his notable concerns have centered on issues of police brutality and racially motivated violence against blacks.
For example, the story of George Perry Floyd Jr. sparked a national outcry in the United States and garnered international attention.
About George Floyd: He was an African-American man, killed by a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, during an arrest made after a store clerk suspected Floyd may have used a counterfeit twenty-dollar bill, on May 25, 2020.
EndSARS Story: In 2017, a social media campaign was launched with the hashtag #EndSARS. Hundreds of Nigerians used the hashtag to document abuses by SARS agents and demand an end to impunity for these human rights violations.
The EndSARS protests began in October 2020 as a call to end the police brutality and extrajudicial killings that have become endemic in Nigeria. The nationwide outcry was particularly sparked by a viral video allegedly showing SARS officers killing a young man in the southern state of Delta.
However, harassment and unfair treatment by the police are commonplace, dating back to the military era when soldiers illegally arrested citizens and violated their rights.
What you should know: While the George Floyd BLM protests began on May 26, 2020, EndSARS began on October 8, 2020.
Pulse editor comment: It is easy for an American perspective to attribute EndSARS to the BLM protest over the murder of George Floyd, just because both events occurred in the same year, with BLM pulling back the curtains.
However, when discussing sociopolitical issues that are sensitive to the public, it is quite important for writers to tell balanced stories.