Following the killings of innocent Nigerian protesters at the Lekki toll gate, Lagos State, on the night of Tuesday, October 20, 2020, sportsmen and women all over the world have continued to lend their voices to the plight of the Nigerian peaceful protesters who had nothing but placards to demonstrate against police brutality in the most populous black nation on earth. Here are some reactions as seen on social media platforms.
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Manchester United striker, Odion Ighalo, in a video post on his Twitter handle called out the Nigerian government for shooting at unarmed protesters. He would go on to describe the government as ‘’killers,’’ urging the United Kingdom, the United Nations, and world leaders to intervene in the matter.
Pray for NIGERIA🇳🇬✊🏿 pic.twitter.com/V7i4Ngs9qd
— Odion Jude Ighalo (@ighalojude) October 20, 2020
Italian footballer, Mario Balotelli on his Instagram page called for “legality and humanity,’’ urging the world to help Nigerians.
Former Super Eagles of Nigeria captain, John Obi Mikel, noted that it was ‘’enough,’’ on Instagram.
The captain of the Super Falcons of Nigeria posted a picture of the Nigerian flag stained with blood and left emojis depicting heartbreak.
In a graphic message posted on Instagram, Nigerian table tennis star, Aruna Quadri, called on the government to ‘’stop killing innocent youths.’’
Retired Super Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo, who is currently the assistant coach of the national team, described Tuesday night’s event as ‘’unbearable.’’
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Football legend, Nwankwo Kanu, questioned the need for the killings, stating that it should end.
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Jay Jay Okocha described the killings as ‘’a shame.’’
Captain of the Nigerian national team, Ahmed Musa, extended his condolences to families of victims. He noted how unfortunate it is that Nigerians have lost the right to protest peacefully and exercise their basic human rights.
‘My heart goes out to everyone that has lost a loved one in this unnecessary massacre that happened yesterday. It’s unfortunate that we have lost the right to peacefully protest or exercise our basic human right. The government needs to do better and put an end to the bloodshed. Enough is enough.’
Nigerian basketball star, Evelyn Akhator, called out the government for bringing their dirty laundry outside, noting that all Nigerians wanted was to make the country better.
‘All we wanted was to make Nigeria a better country but y’all decided to bring your dirty laundry outside. It’s disheartening and y’all should be ready to face the consequences of your actions.’
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