IMEKAN AUGUSTUS with Agency Reports
Manchester United striker, Odion Ighalo has pleaded with the United KingdomGovernment and United Nations(UN) to help the people of Nigeria after protesters were killed in Lekki area Lagos State last Tuesday.
Angry demonstrations have been taking place in Nigeria forover two weeks, as citizens speak out against brutalities from a now-disbanded section of the police called the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Over 12 people have been reportedly, killed and many others wounded after soldiers opened fire in the Lekki district on Tuesday.
Ighalo is among a high-profile group of sportsmen to have spoken out on social media against the unfortunate incident and other atrocities being perpetuated by the authorities and security forces.
In an emotional video filmed on the pitch at the Parc des Princes, after United’s victory over PSG, Ighalo slammed the Federa Government over these killings. He described the government as ‘killers’ and urged British politicians and the UN to intervene in the ongoing crises engulfing the nation.
Ighalo, a Nigerian international, said: ‘I’m sad and heartbroken and I don’t know where to start from. I’m not the kind of guy who talks about politics – but I can’t keep quiet anymore about what is going on back home in Nigeria.’
‘I would say [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. It’s uncalled for.’
‘Today, 20th of October 2020, you people will be remembered in the history as the first government to send military to the city to start killing their own citizens.’
‘I am ashamed of this government. I am tired of you guys. I can’t take this anymore. I’m calling the UK government, calling all those leaders in the world to please see what is going on in Nigeria and help us . Help the poor citizens.
‘The government is killing its own citizens. We are calling the world’s governments, the United Nations, to see to the matter.’
He continued: ‘I want to tell my brothers and sisters back home to remain safe. Be indoors, please don’t come outside, because this government (agents) are killers and they will keep killing if the world does not talk about this.’
Gary Lineker was one of the first to lend his support to Ighalo, retweeting the video to his 7.7million Twitter followers.