Anthony Joshua and Odion Ighalo criticised Nigerian government
The World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo have slammed the Nigerian government following reports of police brutality.
Nigerian have been demonstrating nationwide for nearly two weeks against a police unit called the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). Rights groups have accused the unit of extortion, harassment, torture and murders.
The unit was disbanded on October 11 but the protests have persisted and at least two people were shot on Tuesday.
In a Twitter post, the Nigerian Army said no soldiers were at the scene of the shooting.
Joshua wrote in his twitter account calling for change.
“The situation has escalated, the violence and killings are horrendous. All because of people saying they want to live in peace.
“I pray God opens the gates for the heroes of Nigeria! This was never a trend for me! It’s real life and I want to learn how to make lasting change,” said Joshua.
He also added that he is looking for hospitals to support with food and care packages in the being and change will happen.
Ighalo posted a video on twitter criticising his country’s government of not caring for its own people.
“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 went on to say they will be remembered in history as the first government to send the military to kill their own citizen.
Nigerians based in South Africa also marched to the High Commission in Pretoria to show their solidarity.
On Wednesday, demonstrators draped in the national flag of Nigeria and chanting liberation slogans marched to Abuja’s embassy in Pretoria carrying banners reading “End police brutality”.
They say they wish to see the South African government intervene and help their brothers and they are going to march until there is change in their home country.
Link below is the video of Ighalo condemning the killings: