The Feminist Coalition that has been coordinating the cash inflows for the #EndSARS protests has said that a total of N147.8 million was received across the globe within 14 days of the peaceful demonstration.
In a statement it issued and signed by 14 of its members including F.K. Abudu and Damilola Odufuwa among others on Thursday, October 22 which was the bloodiest of the entire days of the protests, the feminist group said, out of the funds received for the demonstration globally, a total of N60.4 million has been disbursed as of Thursday, October 22 while the remaining N87.4 million “will go towards funding medical emergencies, legal aids for wrongfully detained citizens and relief for victims of police brutality and families of the deceased.”
The statement reads in part: “We stand in solidarity with every Nigerian who has raised their voice to demand for urgent police reform, the end of police brutality, bad governance in Nigeria, and the disbandment of the notorious SARS unit.
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“Here is a summary of the total funds we received and disbursed (in Naira) as of October 22nd, 2020: total received equals N147,855,788.28 (includes donations in dollars, Euros, Bitcoin and other currencies), total disbursed equals N60,403,235.00 and the total funds left equals N87,452,553.28.”
It said out of the remaining funds, the sum of N20,114,087.25 will be channelled for #EndSARSresponse (Medical), N15,741,459.59 for legal aid network; 40,228,174.51 Naira will be as relief funds for victims of police brutality and families of the deceased, N5,247,153.197 for memorial for the fallen heroes while the remaining N6,121,678.73 will be for #EndSARSMentalhealth support.
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In view of the violence that later enveloped the protests, leading to the killing of many people and destruction of both public and private properties, the group said it had decided to stop all the cash inflows for the protest, just as it called on Nigerian youths to observe the mandated curfews in their respected states for the sake of peace.
“The past two weeks have been tough for many Nigerians, most especially the last two days. Many lives have been lost and properties destroyed at the height of what started as peaceful marches for the end to police brutality. We wish to emphasize that we will no longer be accepting donations for #EndSARS going forward,” the statement added.
Official Press Statement From Feminist Coalition
A Statement from the Feminist Coalition 22nd October, 2020
The Feminist Coalition condemns every form of violence and believes that no Nigerian life is worth losing to senseless violence. We are young Nigerians with hopes, dreams and aspirations for our country. This means we need to stay alive to pursue our dreams to build the future.
The past two weeks have been tough for many Nigerians, most especially the last two days. Many lives have been lost and properties destroyed at the height of what started as peaceful marches for the end to police brutality. The Feminist Coalition condoles with every Nigerian mother, father, son, daughter who has lost a loved one in these trying times. These Nigerians share the same vision for a better country as we all do and should be duly recognized as heroes.
We are merchants of hope. Our priority is always the welfare and safety of the Nigerian youth. Following the President’s address, we hereby encourage all young Nigerians to stay safe, stay home, and observe the mandated curfew in your state. The Feminist Coalition has made a decision to henceforth stop all donation inflows for the #EndSARS peaceful protest. The rest of the donations will go towards funding medical emergencies, legal aid for wrongfully detained citizens, and relief for victims of police brutality and families of the deceased.
Here is a summary of the total funds we received and disbursed (in Naira) over the past 14 days:
Total received = N147,855,788.28 (includes donations in USD, CAD, GBP, EUR, GHS, KES, and BTC) Total disbursed = N60,403,235.00 Total left = N87,452,553.28
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The remaining funds will be channeled through the following initiatives/organizations:
1. #EndSARSresponse (Medical) – N20,114,087.25 2. The Legal Aid Network – N15,741,459.59 3. Relief for victims of police brutality and families of the deceased -N40,228,174.51 4. Memorial for the Fallen – N5,247,153.197 5. #EndSARSMentalHealthSupport – N6,121,678.73.
We wish to emphasize that we will no longer be accepting donations for #EndSARS going forward. The Feminist Coalition remains committed to its core mandate, which is, championing the advancement of the Nigerian woman. We hope everyone will extend the same support we have received in the past two weeks towards pursuing this mandate.
Thank you for your support.
- Damilola Odufuwa
- Odunayo Eweniyi
- Layo Ogunbanwo
- Ozzy Etomi Ire
- Aderinokun Fakhrriyyah
- Hashim Oluwaseun
- Ayodeji Osowobi
- Jola Ayeye
- Laila Johnson-Salami
- Karo Omu
- Obiageli Ofili
- Alintah Tito
- Ovia Kiki
- Mordi FK Abudu
A statement from The Feminist Coalition. October 22nd, 2020. pic.twitter.com/MG6deijfdG
— feministcoalition (@feminist_co) October 22, 2020