Singer Wizkid has postponed the release of his fourth studio album Made in Lagos because of the End SARS protests in Nigeria currently.
The album was expected to be released on October 15. In an interview with Financial Times, he stated that the songs have an easy, well-balanced feel, the act of a performer who knows what direction he wants to take.
“The album is the reflection of a child that was born and raised in Lagos, who’s gone through the craziest hardship to get to where he’s at. It’s my story of me getting here.”
However, taking to Twitter, Wizkid stated that it is inappropriate to release and promote an album while his country is dealing with the effects of police brutality.
“Not yet!! Mad times!!” Wizkid wrote as a response to a fan who asked about the album release.
Since the protest against the excesses of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigerian Police began, the singer has not shied away from expressing his displeasure about the police brutality youth in Nigeria are facing.
Wizkid on numerous occasions has called out government officials including President Buhari for staying silent while citizens are abused by people meant to protect them.
Like his colleagues in Nigeria, he also led a protest in London calling for the end of SARS.
To ensure he was making more impact, Wizkid hoped on a Zoom meeting with some government officials and stakeholders including Dangote to find ways to get SARS cancelled for good.
He has also called on his followers and Nigerians to not give up the fight for their freedom.
About End SARS
The Nigerian population, in the past weeks, has taken to the streets and social media to protest the treatment meted out to them by the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) formed in 1992 to fight crime.
The SARS in recent times have been accused of police brutality, murders, profiling among others.
Their activities sparked the protest “End SARS” which went from an online campaign to a street protest mostly being led by celebrities.
Nigerians in other countries like Ghana and the UK also went to the offices of the Nigerian high commissions to protest and call for the end of SARS.
However, the Nigerian government in a bid to stop the protests deployed police to some areas which caused the “peaceful” protests to turn violent.
Meanwhile, about ten people, according to Amnesty International, have lost their lives in the protests.
The human rights group told CNN police have used excessive force against unarmed protesters since the protests started last Thursday.