The management of Flutterwave Inc has announced the opening of a public fund aimed at catering for the medical bills of those injured during the protest against the brutality of officers of the Federal Anti-Robbery Squad.
This is sequel to an ongoing nationwide protest tagged #EndSARS which is targeted at the disbandment of the notorious Police unit who have been alleged to be involved in the oppression, harassment, abduction, extortion and murder of civilians.
As a show of solidarity and leading by example, the CEO and co-founder of Flutterwave Inc, Olugbenga Agboola, announced via his verified Twitter handle that the staff of the aforementioned organization have so far raised the sum of N2 million internally as support to victims, and have also decided to make the fund open to the public so as to raise more for the cause.
We've raised 2m so far, and the team decided to open it up to the public.
We are 100% against all forms of violence & brutality and we need to band together to put an end to this.
— GB ? (@TechProd_Arch) October 9, 2020
Why this matter
Given the health hazard, the protesters are likely exposed to as the protest continues, funds like this can go a long way of assisting the victims in situations where they are injured or severely in need of medical aid. It serves as a propeller to the protesters having been assured of a temporary health indemnity and a positive boost to the firm’s image.
What this means
It is not entirely strange for corporate bodies to rise in defense of the people and good causes. For example, various American firms like Airbnb, Microsoft, Reddit, Shopify, etc. all supported the popular Black Lives Matter movement in the USA. Therefore, the recent reaction by Flutterwave Inc is a corporate statement indicating that the firm is against all forms of brutality and violence, therefore is solidly behind the protesters.
What they are saying
Commenting on the rationale behind the fund, the CEO of Flutterwave Inc, Gbenga Agboola said: “So many of us are affected by this injustice – @theflutterwave staff have also been victims of the brutality of SARS, so we started an internal fund so we can help victims of SARS and support protesters.”
What to expect
With the recent support, it is expected that some other institutions or corporate bodies will want to follow suit, in support of the cause, raising more funds that will serve as a propeller or assurance that comes from instituting this kind of protests.