Ronke Raji Retraces Her Steps and Apologises After #EndSARS Gaffe

Ronke Raji wishes she did things differently.

Recall that the beauty blogger caught the ire of Nigerians after the insensitive way she handled her  #EndSARS statement and her replies to people who called her out on social media.

Raji shut down her Twitter after folks wouldn’t stop dragging her, and she also took down the YouTube video she and her husband put out regarding their gaffe, which also rubbed Nigerians the wrong way.

Now she has taken to her Instagram to apologise for her comments. She said:

As someone who is privileged to be given the platform that I have, my goal has always been simple, which is to spread positivity and bring mental health awareness to as many people as possible, while doing what I love the most. However, if I’m being brutally honest, I haven’t been online as much as I would have loved to recently hence my response. I am aware that there has been a lot of anger towards me and the way I responded to this movement.

For this reason, I want to sincerely apologize to everyone who has been on the receiving end of my recent actions. I admit that the statement that was made on my initial post and YouTube clearly does not do any form of justice to the matter at hand and will never suffice as a show of support for the #ENDSARS movement and the on-going protests as a result of that. I want to empathize firstly and most importantly to all those who have directly been impacted by SARS.

To all those who have lost a sibling, a friend, a child, a parent, or a lover, I won’t lie and say I feel your pain, because I’m not in your shoes, but I do understand and I can only pray for healing and comfort for every one of you. Also, to those who have been putting their lives on the line to protest, some of which have even lost their lives, I apologize for belittling the impact of what a dedicated set of people could achieve when united. I want you to know that I stand with you, though not physically, but in full support in whatever way I can.

The oppression in the country has gone on for too long and even though I don’t reside in it, I am still Nigerian. Therefore, I stand in solidarity with everyone both online and on the frontline, demanding justice and the total eradication of the SARS unit. If you would like to know more about #endsars and how you can support check out my stories.
#ENDSARS #ENDSWAT #endpolicebrutality

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As someone who is privileged to be given the platform that I have, my goal has always been simple, which is to spread positivity and bring mental health awareness to as many people as possible, while doing what I love the most. However, if I’m being brutally honest, I haven’t been online as much as I would have loved to recently hence my response. I am aware that there has been a lot of anger towards me and the way I responded to this movement. For this reason, I want to sincerely apologize to everyone who has been on the receiving end of my recent actions. I admit that the statement that was made on my initial post and YouTube clearly does not do any form of justice to the matter at hand and will never suffice as a show of support for the #ENDSARS movement and the on-going protests as a result of that. I want to empathize firstly and most importantly to all those who have directly been impacted by SARS. To all those who have lost a sibling, a friend, a child, a parent, or a lover, I won’t lie and say I feel your pain, because I’m not in your shoes, but I do understand and I can only pray for healing and comfort for every one of you. Also, to those who have been putting their lives on the line to protest, some of which have even lost their lives, I apologize for belittling the impact of what a dedicated set of people could achieve when united. I want you to know that I stand with you, though not physically, but in full support in whatever way I can. The oppression in the country has gone on for too long and even though I don’t reside in it, I am still Nigerian. Therefore, I stand in solidarity with everyone both online and on the frontline, demanding justice and the total eradication of the SARS unit. If you would like to know more about #endsars and how you can support check out my stories. #ENDSARS #ENDSWAT #endpolicebrutality

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