Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo has condemned the senseless and brazen killings of civilians by Nigerian soldiers, who allegedly opened fire on peaceful protesters in the Lekki district of the commercial capital Lagos on Tuesday.
Ighalo released a video message heavily criticising the Nigerian government following Man United’s impressive 2-1 win in the UEFA Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at the Parc des Princes in France, lashing out at his country’s government.
It has been reported that Nigerians have been demonstrating for nearly two weeks against the now-disbanded police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), that rights groups had for years accused of extortion, harassment, torture and murders.
The unit was disbanded on October 11, but the protests have persisted and at least two people were shot on Tuesday.
While he admits that he rarely talks about politics, the Nigerian striker said that he couldn’t just remain silent about the horrible event back in his home country.
The Red Devils hitman went on to say that he is ashamed of the Nigerian government.
“I’m sad and heartbroken and I don’t know where to start from. I’m not the kind of guy who talks about politics – but I can’t keep quiet anymore about what is going on back home in Nigeria,” he said.
“The Nigerian government, you guys are a shame to the world for killing your own citizens, sending military to the streets to kill unarmed protesters because they are protesting for their own rights? It’s uncalled for.
“You people will be remembered in history as the first government to send the military to the city to start killing their own citizens.
“I am ashamed of this government; we are tired of you guys and we can’t take this anymore.”
Ighalo has also pleaded with the UK government, world leaders and the United Nations to intervene.
“They will keep killing if the world don’t talk about this,” he added.
The 31-year-old has earned 35 caps for Nigeria before retiring from international football after last year’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
His Twitter video went viral, shared to millions of people through team-mate Marcus Rashford and former United star Rio Ferdinand.
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By FARPost Reporter