Former Super Eagles player, Odion Ighalo along with many other Nigeran stars has hit out at the President Muhamadu Buhari led government for their handling of the #endsars protest.
The movement against police brutality in Nigeria, which started as a protest against the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), got bloody on Tuesday night after soldiers fired at protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos.
For over a week now, Nigerians have been on the streets across major cities in the country, calling for an end to police brutality.
However, the protests turned into anarchy in Lagos on Tuesday after hoodlums hijacked it, and that led the state government to impose a 24-hour curfew.
But protesters in Lekki and Alausa defied the order, and they continued with their protests. But as night approached, security forces were sent to Lekki Toll Gate, and they fired live ammunition at protesters, which has killed over four citizens.
— Channels Television (@channelstv) October 20, 2020
Following the unfortunate incident, several Nigerian stars took to social media to condemn the action of the federal government.
Among the players to speak out is Manchester United’s Odion Ighalo, who said the Nigerian government is a shame to the world, and Nigerians are tired of them.
The former Super Eagles star said this shortly after United’s 2-1 win over Paris Saint Germain in their champions league opener at Parc Des Princes.
Pray for NIGERIA🇳🇬✊🏿 pic.twitter.com/V7i4Ngs9qd
— Odion Jude Ighalo (@ighalojude) October 20, 2020
Everton star, Alex Iwobi, uploaded a picture of the Nigerian flag stained with citizens blood and attached a broken heart emoji.
— Alexander Iwobi (@alexiwobi) October 20, 2020
Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho also sent a subtle message to the leaders with a caption saying; God is watching.
God is watching 💔💔 pic.twitter.com/ErthKa426E
— Kelechi Iheanacho (@67Kelechi) October 20, 2020
His compatriot, Wilfred Ndidi, put up the viral Nigerian flag picture with the caption; Pray for Nigeria.
Pray for Nigeria 💔😢 pic.twitter.com/LHjOPYkdsR
— Ndidi Wilfred (@Ndidi25) October 20, 2020
Former goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, also aired his displeasure at the killings of citizens, saying it is a sad day for the country.
This is what we are fighting currently in the country. We are protesting against Police Brutality, and they responded by killing us. #EndSARS
— Oluwajoba (@olumcjobson) October 20, 2020
“We need you now more than ever President Buhari” 🙏🏿🇳🇬 pic.twitter.com/F61xNuiUhu
— KAMARU USMAN (@USMAN84kg) October 20, 2020
I pray a middle ground can be found 🇳🇬🙏🏾🇳🇬 pic.twitter.com/xuOxy8Smmb
— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyjoshua) October 20, 2020
Other stars to call out the Nigerian president include UFC fighter, Kamaru Usman, while Anthony Joshua also expressed his support for the protesters.