Anthony Joshua said he thought the #EndSARs protests which rocked Nigeria in October was a fight against the coronavirus
In an exclusive interview with The Punch, Joshua said because he had never been a victim of police brutality while in Nigeria, he had never heard of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
Joshua joined global stars in supporting the #EndSARS movement after Nigerians had gone to the streets to protest against the activities of SARS whose officers were accused of extrajudicial killings, unlawful detentions, torture, extortion, and various sorts of abuses.
The boxer said it had been after his uncle called his attention to the protests in Nigeria that he had to read more about SARS and Nigeria’s history.
“I never knew what SARS was during my time in Nigeria; I never encountered SARS, so, when the movement started happening, I assumed SARS was maybe sort of a virus, I didn’t know SARS. at some point after training, my uncle called me and this was just before the difficulty of the Lekki toll gate, about five hours before it, he called me and told me about things on the bottom. He told me the people of Nigeria loved me and wanted to listen to my voice thereon,” Joshua said
“I told him I didn’t know enough about it to speak about it and he said I should just lend my voice and convey awareness. So, I said if it’s what I can do, for now, let me just lend my voice and convey my attention thereto because I even have an enormous platform. So, I just said it’s important to seek out a standard ground because you can’t overthrow the govt during a minute, but we’d like to seek out a standard solution that will benefit the people.
“So I assumed it had been important on behalf of me to send a positive message and shortly then, about four hours later, people had been murdered at the toll gate. So, I said this wasn’t only about finding a standard ground, this had to prevent. But I didn’t want to travel back on my message, I had sent a message out and that I had done tons more research about the #EndSARS movement.