“I am not afraid to die,” Falz speaks to CNN on #EndSars protest in Nigeria
Firebrand lawyer cum rapper Falz speaking on the ongoing #EndSars protest has told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that he is not afraid to die after several young Nigerians were this week killed by security operatives at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos.
Falz stressed the deplorable levels of state corruption, deteriorated heat care system, unemployment and poverty in Nigeria made him not fear for his life.
“I’m not afraid for my life. I’m not afraid for my life because where we are right now, I can actually die from anything.
“I don’t even know where to start from, we have a nonexistent health care system, we have a seriously high level of poverty, there is unemployment and we are in a critical state because of how much corruption and management of funds we’ve continued to see in the country on a daily basis.
“So if I don’t come out to speak about anything, I could sit down and have an accident on my way to work and die because the state of health care is nothing to write home about. We don’t even have proper hospitals, people have to travel abroad for proper treatment,” he said.
Falz also castigated Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari for being a rhetoric leader who does not practise what he preaches.
Recently Buhari in a statement announced that the federal government would be disbanding the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) to show its commitment to implement extensive police reforms.
Nigerians were however outraged when the head of the police Mohammed Adamu later announced the unveiling of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) which would carry out duties previously executed by SARS, which prompted more protests.
Falz expressed his frustration over how the federal government since 2017 has been implementing endless security reforms which have not been effective to curb the state sponsored violence, tortue and victimisation of Nigerian youths.
“It’s infuriating, it’s annoying, it’s frustrating and I think that’s exactly how everybody feels because they have been reforming police for the longest time but we have never seen action.
“They announced in 2017, 2018, 2019, now in 2020 after we started these protests they announced again, in the same breath that they were replacing that unit (SARS) with a new unit called SWAT.
“To be honest they are just being very stupid because you literally just renaming this unit and expect us to say ‘Oh wow, that’s great,’ its insensitive!” Falz declared.