To memorialize the second anniversary of the #EndSARS protests and the Lekki Massacre, Nigerians will gather at the Lekki Tollgate in Lagos State on Thursday.
During the #EndSARS protest in October 2020, thousands of young people organized and marched in significant cities across the country over the course of two weeks, demanding an end to years of police brutality and other forms of injustice.
The purpose of the anniversary is to honor the memory of the unarmed civilians who were killed by state agents at the Lekki Tollgate on October 20, 2020, while they were sitting on the ground singing the national anthem and waving the national flag.
Despite the limited public space for protests under President Muhammadu Buhari, public figures have stated that the second commemoration will mostly take place at the Lekki Tollgate in Lagos and other places throughout the country as citizens will gather.
Debo Adedayo, a thespian and social justice campaigner better known by his stage as Mr. Macaroni, announced via Twitter that he would be taking part in the walk in remembrance of victims who had been brutalized by police.
“Peaceful walk tomorrow in honour of all #EndSars and police brutality victims. We no go fit ever forget!!!!”
Rapper and songwriter Folarin Falana “Falz” also tweeted that he will be joining the walk to “honour fallen heroes from the #LekkiMassacre #EndSARS.”
The memorial procession is planned to include both walking and driving through the tollgate accompanied by horn blowing, solidarity songs, and chants from the participants, according to information on the E-flyer given by the duo.
Residents are encouraged to go to the location at any time of the day to pay their respects to the deceased, even though the ceremony is scheduled to take place from 8am to 11am.