By Oyinlola Awonuga (The New Diplomat’s Entertainment, Fashion and Sports Desk)
Manchester United striker, Odion Ighalo has condemned the killing of protesters by soldiers in the Lekki district of the commercial capital Lagos on Tuesday.
Nigerians have been demonstrating nationwide for nearly two weeks against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), that rights groups had for years accused of extortion, harassment, torture and murders.
The unit was disbanded on Oct. 11 but the protests have persisted. Many were killed on Tuesday as soldiers swooped on unarmed protesters.
Ighalo in a video said: “I am sad and heartbroken I don’t know where to start from, I am not the kind of guy that talks about politics but I can’t keep quiet anymore about what is going on back home in Nigeria.”
“I will say Nigeria government are a shame to the world for killing your own citizens because they are protesting for their rights is uncalled for.
“Tuesday 20-10-20 you people will be remembered as the first government that sends military to the city to start killing their citizens. I am ashamed of this government, we are tired of you guys and can’t take this no more.”
Ighalo however called on the UK government, world leaders and the United Nations to swiftly intervene.
“They will keep killing if the world don’t talk about this,” he emphasised.