Nigerian soccer stars speak up for justice

Nigerian youths protesting against police brutality and injustice have a powerful set of allies.

The country’s soccer stars are speaking up against their government.

The players have a powerful voice because they are playing for the best clubs in the world.

Manchester United striker Odion Jude Ighalo posted an impassioned call on Twitter saying he was sad and heartbroken that the government was killing its own citizens.

He said he was “not the kind of guy who likes to talk about politics” but “I am ashamed of this government. We are tired of you guys and can’t take this no more.”

John Ogu, who plays in midfield for Al-Adalah in Saudi Arabia and for Nigeria, has called for a boycott of the national team.

Other stars who have spoken up include:

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  • Simeon “Simy” Nwankwo – Crotone
  • Asisat Oshoala – Barcelona 
  • Victor Osimhen – Napoli 
  • Paul Onuachu – Genk
  • Chidera Ejuke – CSKA Moscow 
  • Wilfred Ndidi – Leicester City

The #EndSars protests began as a protest against police brutality but have widened into a much bigger protest. 

On Tuesday night the military opened fire on demonstrators in Lekki, north of Lagos, and this has been followed by greater violence and confrontation with the authorities.

Video source: @ighalojude

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