Statement from Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO, in response to the protests in Nigeria

October 20, 2020 / By Vanessa Mbonu

NAACP President and CEO, Derrick Johnson, released the following statement after protesters were killed in Nigeria amid calls to end the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) division of the police force:

We stand in solidarity with the Nigerian people, as they demand an end to police brutality and exercise their right to peacefully protest.

The images we’ve seen from protesters on the ground are nothing short of horrific, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives today.

Across the globe, all Black lives matter. No Black life is disposable, and we will continue to support the fight for justice and the empowerment of oppressed people in any country at any time.


Learn more about what’s happening in Nigeria here.


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