Manchester United striker, Odion Jude Ighalo has condemned the killing of Nigerian youths who were protesting against the extrajudicial activities of the now-defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
KanyiDaily had reported that there is an ongoing #EndSARS protest across the country against the SARS tactical unit of the Nigerian Police Force over its brutality, illegal arrest, extortion, extra-judicial killings, among others.
On Tuesday night, October 21, 2020, Nigerian Soldiers opened fire on the peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate, killing about nine people and injuring so many others.
Reacting via a video record shared on his Twitter page, Ighalo who described Nigerian government as ‘killers’, said that they will be remembered in history as the first government to send the military to its own citizens.
The 31-year-old striker expressed his discontentment at the government over the killing of several unarmed Nigerian youths who were protesting for their own rights.
“I’m not the kind of guy who talks about politics, but I can’t keep quiet anymore for what is going back home in Nigeria,” Ighalo said in a video tagged ‘Pray for Nigeria’ on Twitter.
“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.
“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,” he continued.
“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 these government are killers and they will keep killing if the world don’t talk about this. God bless you all and remain safe. One Nigeria, we move!”
Watch the video below:
Pray for NIGERIA🇳🇬✊🏿 pic.twitter.com/V7i4Ngs9qd
— Odion Jude Ighalo (@ighalojude) October 20, 2020
Meanwhile, General Ifo Omata has been identified as the Nigerian Soldier who ordered the shooting of peaceful protesters at the Lekki-VI toll gate in Lagos State.