Ogu calls for Nigeria team boycott

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Nigeria international midfielder John Ogu has called on his teammates to boycott upcoming matches in protest to the country’s government.

There have been weeks of protests in Nigeria with mostly young people demanding the disbandment of a notorious police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars).

Ogu who has 26 caps for the Super Eagles insists a boycott would make a big statement.

“What is the point of representing the country if this is what the politicians, the people we’re representing, can do to us?” Ogu told the World Football show on BBC World Service radio.

“I feel like this is the best thing to do right now until they get back to their senses and listen to us. We want a good government, the police brutality to stop, we want the Sars to stop, we want the killings to stop, we want good laws, we want job opportunities. It’s just crazy.

“I believe most of my colleagues understand where I am coming from, I wish we can do this. There are games coming up and if we boycott these games I’m sure they will know we’ve made a statement. I haven’t really spoken to any of my team-mates about this. They feel for the people here, their loved ones, those that have died. I’m sure the players are aware,” he said.

Nigeria have Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in November and Ogus said that even if the country lost its place in the tournament it would be a price worth paying.

On Tuesday Manchester United forward Odion Ighalo also called his country’s government a shame to the world.

Nigeria’s army has denied killing demonstrators and the country’s President Muhammadu Buhari has urged protesters to stop demonstrating and engage with the government.

Rights group Amnesty International said security forces killed at least 12 people in Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city, on Tuesday.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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