By Ibiyemi Mathew
Global non-profit, AdamStart has launched an emergency fund to support Nigerians youths in the wake of the rising demand for the proscription of the Special Anti-robbery Squad(SARS).
Disclosing this via his Twitter handle, Adam Bradford founder of AdamStart Global tweeted, “Today, myself and http://AdamStart.com’s Africa lead Benson Ekpo have launched an emergency fund to support activism & youth initiatives countering the SARS destruction. I have pledged $10,000 today to launch the fund. Who is with me to shine these youth brighter? #EndSARS”
“To apply, get involved, or donate, visit http://adamstart.com. We will begin assessing projects from Tuesday.”
In a later update on Sunday, Adam revealed that it has raised $250,000 as emergency fund to support Nigerian youths.
In response to the inaction of the federal government of Nigeria regarding the #EndSars protests rocking the federation, Adam tweeted on Saturday, “ the lack of Government response in the #EndSARS situation is abominable. Therefore, I am going to fly 1 exceptional Nigerian youth to the UK, and we will show international diplomats how prosperous Nigerian youth are.”
Adam noted that anyone interested in representing Nigeria should send his/her application to firstname.lastname@example.org before 5pm Nigerian time on Sunday.
Adam also expressed displeasure at the response of the UK government and has written a letter today to Boris Johnson, Prime Minister and former Foreign Secretary, copied to President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria, calling for rapid change.
The letter reads: “Dear Sirs, as someone who has worked actively in Africa on programs to develop young people and bring about further opportunities, I think it is only right that I use my platform to share my honest experiences and observations to bring about change. I do not take that platform for granted either, I have worked for it and I will use it for whatever good is sought wherever that may be.
“You will note this weekend that young people in Nigeria are unhappy and are protesting, calmly, and with purpose. In London, diasporans follow them.
“This is because of the brutality and unwarranted targeting, some of which I have been witness to, a lot of which has happened to friends and colleagues, by the SARS division of the police force.”
“I am writing to enquire as a global citizen, representing fellow humans, who have the same rights to life and opportunities as anyone else – how can we allow this to happen in the 21st century?
“You do not need me to tell you about the past. I can tell you about the future – it will be dark if we do not do anything about this. Should I have to hear my friend tell me about when he was held almost at gunpoint because he was intelligent and successful enough to have an iPhone? Do I need to be in the back of a car in Lagos with an officer interrogating a group of my friends over their looks? To me, this treatment has gone beyond lawless, it is simply inhumane.
“I am not happy with the UK Government’s response. If us as a Commonwealth cannot do something to help our COMMON asset, youth, then international diplomacy is in the trash can.
“We all have a collective responsibility as leaders to protect each other and give hope. What are both countries doing, as international allies, members of the Commonwealth, to end this?
“I will happily share thousands of case studies of Nigerians who have gone against the circumstances they were forced into to become people the world can be proud of.”