As you may already know, many youths have taken to the streets of Nigeria to embark on a peaceful protest against a rogue police unit and for the reformation of the police force. This #ENDSARS movement has also been supported by several celebrities including Viola Davies, J Cole, Elsa Majimbo and, very recently, Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter.
However, this newly acquired support from the founder of Twitter did not sit well with some people, especially Adamu Garba. Here is what transpired.
Jack Dorsey vs Adamu Garba
In the early hours of Thursday, Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of Twitter took to his page to tweet about the #ENDSARS movement and plug a direct link in which people all over the world can donate to the movement. Shortly after, top organisers of the peaceful protest including Feminist_co, FkAbudu, and Mochievous, Adetolaov, all on Twitter were verified.
This did not sit well with Adamu Garba, the CEO of IPI Group Limited, a group of companies dedicated to creating innovative solutions to advance the cause of humanity. According to him, the peaceful protest has transformed into a political agitation which is capable of breaking law and order in the country, and it would be in the best interest of Jack Dorsey to stay away.
He also stated that while showing support to this movement might play well for Jack Dorsey’s business, in the sense that more content will be churned out and the number of users and activity on the platform will rise, he advised that the co-founder stay away from the movement.
This thread also took an interesting turn when Adamu Garba stated that he and Jack Dorsey would meet in court if the protest evolves into disorder.
I can see you are even sharing a link for people to donate money for this protest, an event capable of escalation beyond our already overstretched security management.
If this protest continued to evolved into disorder (hopefully not). As a Nigerian citizen, we’ll meet in court — Adamu Garba II (@adamugarba) October 14, 2020
Obviously, this tweet garnered a lot of reactions from Twitter users as people were highly dumbfounded by the audacity Adamu Garba had to threaten the co-founder of the application he was using at that moment.
He also received backlash from several popular celebrities including Kate Henshaw, former BBNaija housemate, Natacha Akinde, amongst others.
While the #ENDSARS movement was birthed in Nigeria, it has seen global relevance in countries like the United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom and many more, that have young Nigerians that could relate to the gruesome experiences.
One of the major weapons the Nigerian youth have used to deliver this peaceful protest is social media, majorly Twitter.
Through this platform, organisers of the protest have been able to pass information across, attend to emergencies, legal issues and hospitality needs of the protesters.
Through the aggressive use of this platform by retweeting and tweeting with the ENDSARS hashtags, many international bodies have taken note of the movement and are in full support. News of the peaceful protest has been aired on CNN, Al Jazeera and various other international news bodies.