Nigerian striker, Odion Ighalo, called out the Nigerian government on the night of Tuesday, October 20, 2020, describing the government as ‘’killers’’ following the massacre at the Lekki toll gate, Lagos State. Ighalo who was an unused substitute in Manchester United’s matchday one 2-1 win over Paris Saint Germain in the UEFA Champions League expressed his disappointment in the way the Nigerian government has handled the ongoing peaceful protests against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and police brutality in Nigeria.
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Protesters were gunned down by soldiers at the Lekki toll gate on Tuesday night following a curfew imposed by the government of Lagos State.
‘I’m not the kind of guy who talks about politics, but I can’t keep quiet anymore for what is going on back home in Nigeria. I would say the Nigerian government are a shame to the world for killing your own citizens, sending the military to kill unarmed protesters because they are protesting for their own rights? It’s uncalled for. Today, the 20th of October, 2020, you people will be remembered in history as the first government to send the military to the city to start killing your own citizens. I am ashamed of this government, we are tired of you guys and we can’t take this anymore.’
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Ighalo who is on-loan at United also urged the United Kingdom, the United Nations, and world leaders to intervene in the issue while equally advising Nigerians to stay indoors and safe.
‘I’m calling the UK government and all those leaders in the world to see what is going on in Nigeria and help the poor citizens. The government are killing their own citizens. We are calling you guys in the United Nations (UN) to see to this matter. I want to tell my brothers and sisters back home to remain safe, be indoor and please don’t come out because the government are killers and they will keep killing if the world doesn’t talk about this. God bless you all and remain safe. One Nigeria, we move!’
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