Aisha’s iconic Twitter photo charges #EndSARS protesters


An iconic photo of a Nigerian activist, Aisha Yesufu, taken on Saturday during the #EndSARS protest at Abuja, has instantly become a morale booster for Nigerians calling for the scrapping of a police unit, Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), notorious for its brutality against citizens.

In the photo, Mrs Yesufu stood with her legs apart and threw a fist into the air which symbolises the defiance and resolve, as far as the #EndSARS protest is concerned.

She has a bag hung across her chest. A group of other protesters stood some metres away behind her, in the photo.

The identity of the person who shot the photo is unknown for now.

“I will tell my children, this was our statue of liberty,” one Twitter user said of the photo which is going viral on the social media site.

One Nigerian said he was already using the photo as his phone screensaver.

Another Twitter user, @lolajaey, who shared the photo, described Ms Yesufu as a “national treasure.”

“This pic is legendary,” said another Twitter user, @oluwatolz.

“It shocked me. Even without any sound, she made a statement. Enough is enough! Brave woman. The kind of person I can feel comfortable dying beside just to fight for a better future, for the future Nigerians.”

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