Nigerian beer manufacturers show solidarity with victims of recent violent protests

NIGERIA – The Beer Sectoral Group of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria has condemned the violence that marred the peaceful protest around the country.

“Over the past few days, we have all witnessed the sad events that have taken place in our beloved country Nigeria. What commenced as a peaceful movement was overrun and became marred by violence, resulting in loss of lives and property across our nation.

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“We, therefore, denounce the violence that has erupted across our nation and we want to lend a hand to support those rendered vulnerable as a result of this critical social issue,” it indicated.

To this end, the group comprising of leading beer markers i.e. Nigerian Breweries Plc, Guinness Nigeria Plc and International Breweries Plc has announced the creation of a N50million (US$131,500) fund to support those affected by the civil unrest.

In a statement titled ‘Building together,’ the group indicated it would partner with other agencies to disburse the fund to the victims and families of those affected by the loss of lives and properties that trailed #EndSARS protests.

“We denounce the violence that has erupted across our nation and we want to lend a hand to support those rendered vulnerable as a result of this critical social issue.”

Beer Sectoral Group of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria

The group expressed belief that its contribution was part of efforts being channelled to the healing the country.

“We know that this does not bring back the lives that have been lost or undo the injustice many have suffered.

“But we believe it is a step towards healing our vibrant nation and reinforce our commitment to contribute to the dialogue and action which can support a better Nigeria for everyone,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, soft beverage manufacturer Coca-Cola Nigeria has donated N20 million (US$52k) to cover the medical bills of victims of #EndSARS protests.

The beverage marker announced this in a statement on its twitter account saying, “Every human life matter and as a company, our goal is to continue to work with our communities towards the wellbeing of the people.”

Coca-Cola Nigeria said the donation would be supplied in partnership with Whitefield Foundation, a not-for-profit social enterprise.

The Lekki tollgate shootings has gathered international attention after videos of alleged Nigerian soldiers shooting into a crowd of unarmed protesters went viral.

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