Falz Talks To CNN’s Christiane Amanpour On #EndSARS Protest
Nigerian rapper, actor and lawyer Folarin Falana, popularly known as Falz was a guest at CNN’s Christiane Amanpour‘s show ‘Amanpour’ where he talked about the #EndSars protests in the country.
He spoke about the issues Nigerians are currently facing and how he had teamed up with a fellow artist, Runtown, to take the #EndSARS online protests a step further by going out to the streets peacefully.
“Myself and another artist, Runtown, we had shared on our Twitter handles that we were going to do a walk, a peaceful protest against all forms of police brutality. We did that with the hashtag #EndSars. The hashtag was already in existence. It was a big thing on social media but nobody had gone to do it physically, so we decided to go a step further,“ he said.
Falz went on to narrate how the protest which started with just a few people walking down the streets of Lagos turned into a nationwide protest.
He further pointed out that the major issue surrounding the disbandment of the police, is that the government had made similar claims in the past without any change.
When asked by Amanpour if he wasn’t scared for his life as many other had turned down their request for an interview he had this to say.
“I’m not afraid for my life because where we are right now, I feel like I could easily die by anything else anyway. We have a nonexistent health care for example, serious high-level of poverty, there’s unemployment, we are in a critical state because of how much corruption and mismanagement of funds that we continue to see on a daily basis. If I don’t come out to complain about the state of things, I could have an accident on my way to work or something and I could die on the spot for that because the state of the healthcare is nothing to write home about. We don’t even have proper hospitals, people have to travel abroad for proper treatment.“
Watch the full interview below: