The Nigerian and Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo said he is ashamed of the Nigerian government following reports that soldiers opened fire on protesters in Lekki district.
Protesters have been demonstrating a nationwide every day for nearly two weeks against a police brutality, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
The unit was disbanded on October, 11, but the protesters have persisted and at least two people were shot on Tuesday.
However, Odion 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.
“The Nigerian government, you guys 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 own rights? It’s uncalled for,” he said.
You this shamed government will be remembered in history as the first government to send the military to the city to start killing their own citizens. I am ashamed of this government, we are tired of you guys and we can’t take this anymore.”
Ighalo called on the UK government, world leaders and the United Nations to step in.
Pray for NIGERIA🇳🇬✊🏿 pic.twitter.com/V7i4Ngs9qd
— Odion Jude Ighalo (@ighalojude) October 20, 2020