Manchester United star Odion Ighalo leads a flurry of condemnations from some of Nigeria’s most prominent sportsmen as the #EndSARS protests led to deaths in Lagos.
Moments after United’s 2-1 away win over Paris Saint Germain in the UEFA champions league, the forward posted a video in which he slammed the Nigeria government as a “shame to the world for killing your own citizens.”
— #3Sports (@3SportsGh) October 20, 2020
In recent weeks, Nigerians have demonstrated against the harsh conditions that have been meted out on them by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
The unit was disbanded but the protests have continued, calling for an end to bad governance.
On Tuesday October 20, the situation escalated leading to deaths of some protesters.
This development has caught the attention of many sports persons around the world and some have taken to social media to condemn the violence and brutality in the oil-producing West African country.
Nigeria and Leicester City player, Wilfred Ndidi in a tweet said “Pray for Nigeria”
Pray for Nigeria 💔😢 pic.twitter.com/LHjOPYkdsR
— Ndidi Wilfred (@Ndidi25) October 20, 2020
Nigeria international John Ogu said “#EndSarsNow”
— John Ogu (@ogujohnugo) October 18, 2020
Everton player, Alex Iwobi posted the image of the Nigerian flag stained with blood.
British professional boxer, Anthony Joshua posted a video and said he’s working on sending support to the people.
Barcelona’s Asisat Oshoala voiced out her opinion.
Martial artist Kamaru Usman, tweeted a video challenging the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, to speak on the matter.
Nigerian footballer, Victor Moses also tweeted #End Sars
— Victor Moses (@VictorMoses) October 14, 2020
Napoli player, Victor Osimhen scored over the weekend and he had #EndPoliceBrutality written on a shirt for a goal celebration. He also took to twitter and wrote #EndSarsNow #EndPoliceBrutality enough is enough
— victor osimhen (@victorosimhen9) October 10, 2020
Villarreal’s Samuel Chuwueze, tweeted #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeria
— Samuel chukwueze (@chukwueze_8) October 12, 2020
Another footballer who added his voice was Kelechi Iheanacho. He tweeted #EndSars
— Kelechi Iheanacho (@67Kelechi) October 11, 2020
Leganes player, Kenneth Omeruo posted a picture depicting #EndSars
— Kenneth Omeruo (@omeruo22) October 10, 2020
By Sakyibea Ofori|3news.com|Ghana