Nigerians and friends of Nigeria marched out, Friday, October 23, 2020, onto the Steps of the City of Newark Hall in New Jersey, United States of America, US, for a peaceful rally in support of Nigerian youths who are demanding an end to police brutality and other forms of bad governance in Nigeria.
The memorable event was graced by top officials of the City’s government, led by the Newark City Council President, Hon. Mildred Crump, the Deputy Mayor in charge of International Relations and Diaspora Issues, Ms Ligia Defritas and Rev Dr Loise Roundtree, in charge of Clergy Affairs, City of Newark.
The Rally was led by highly respected Clerics and distinguished personalities, including Pastor Dr. Toyin Laoye, Assistant Pastor-in-Charge of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, North America Region 6 and Pastor –in-Charge, Dominion Cathedral Province, Orange, New Jersey, Rev Dr Prince Adekoya, Pastor Michael Ogunleye, Dr. Deborah Stapleton and Princess Joy Olagbegi-Apampa .
There were speeches by both the City Council officers and the leaders of the Rally denouncing police brutality, the shooting of the unarmed and peacefully protesting youths at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos by the military and other attacks on the protesting youths by hoodlums allegedly sponsored by government agents.
They condemned all forms of injustice, brutality, corruption and bad governance, insisting that “Enough is Enough.”
There was consensus that a new Nigeria should be birthed as a result of the #EndSARS protests, as “Nigerians everywhere are tired of injustice and the massacre of innocent youths.”
There have been similar rallies in New York city and other cities around the world in support of the #EndSARS peaceful protesters in Nigeria.
Here are pictures of some of the dignitaries that attended the Rally.