Each and everyone of us has heard of or experienced police brutality at one time or the other. Genevieve Nnaji has also shared an ugly experience her 13-year-old niece passed through in the hands of SARS.
The popular Nollywood actress penned an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari over the state of the country, lending her voice in the #EndSARS movement that has gained momentum in the past few days.
The Nollywood Star took to her Twitter page to narrate how her niece was slapped by SARS officials simply because she asked why her laptop was being seized during their usual ‘stop and search’.
Genevieve Nnaji urged Buhari to speak up, adding that ‘The stability of a nation is largely dependent on leadership and every head of house has one chance to build their legacy.
Part of her letter read: “My niece was harassed by SARS for carrying a laptop. Her own laptop. She was slapped across the face for simply asking why her laptop was being seized. At only 13, she had to deal with police brutality. Complaints were made and nothing was done.
“No one is spared and we are all affected. Mr President, this is the current state of your country. What our country is today is a reflection of your leadership, your legacy.
“I’m getting weary and tired of being optimistic about change but even then can’t complain.
“Mr President, I urge you to speak to us because we are not mind readers. Your house is not in order and way far from stable. The people aren’t being empowered, neither are they being protected. We are not all criminals and should not be treated as such.”