‘We are exhausted of you guys’: Man Utd’s Ighalo slams Nigerian gov’t

Tanya Simon
October 23, 2020

Nigerian forward Odion Ighalo has slammed Nigerian authorities over the shooting of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers in the Lekki area of Lagos State. All because of people saying they want to live in peace?

It comes amid reports that severalpeople have been shot dead or wounded during demonstrations in Nigeria's biggest city, Lagos.

The protests have also gained support from several high profile figures with no ties to Nigeria, including Twitter's chief executive Jack Dorsey, and German-Turkish Arsenal player Mesut Özil.

Ighalo, a Nigerian worldwide, said: 'I'm sad and heartbroken and I don't know where to start from.

"I would say [to the] government 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 rights".

Ighalo said in a video message on Twitter that while he rarely talks about politics he could not stay silent about events back home in Nigeria.

He added: "I am ashamed of this government. I am ashamed of this government, we are exhausted of you guys and we can't take this any more".

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Ighalo, who won 35 caps for the Super Eagles before he retired from global football previous year, posted a video from the pitch at the Parc des Princes following United's 2-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League.

Anthony Joshua and Odion Ighalo have condemned the Nigerian government after reports claimed soldiers killed protesters in Lagos on Tuesday.

"Help the poor citizens, the government is killing their own citizens, We are calling on the United Nations to see to the matters".

The protesters were seen seated on the floor with replicas of the Nigerian flag while singing the national anthem.

The nationwide protests against police brutality have roiled Nigeria for more than two weeks and the demonstrators' demands have widened to include calls for an end to corruption, accountable government and respect for human rights in Africa's most populous nation of 196 million.

"I'm looking at hospitals to support, along with food and care packages in the time being".

Protests began almost two weeks ago amid calls for the disbandment of a controversial police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars).

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