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The Football World Reacts To The #ENDSARS Protests

For weeks, Nigerians across the country have been calling for an end of abuse — perpetrated by police, comprehensive reform in policing and law enforcement, and an end to the problem of insecurity in Nigeria.

Odion Ighalo, Mesut Ozil, and Marcus Rashford are among the footballers who have spoken out in support of Nigeria’s #EndSars movement. Using the hashtag #EndSARS on social media, international footballers have joined in the campaign to end police brutality in Nigeria.

The footballers include Tammy Abraham, Toni Rudiger, and most of the Super Eagles team members have spoken out.

In perhaps the most compelling reaction to the violence, Odion Ighalo in a video shared on his Twitter page reacted to the shocking developments and described the Nigerian government as a ‘shame to the world’ over the killing of unarmed protesters at the Lekki toll gate.

The Super Eagles have also begun to flirt with the idea of protesting brutality with Super Eagles star, John Ogu indirectly suggesting that the national team players stop playing as a form of protest to the government to put a stop to injustice.

We strongly condemn the deployment of the military & use of live ammunition against peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the #Lekkitollgate and other parts of our country on the 20th of October, 2020.

We extend our wholehearted sympathy to the friends and family of our heroes. May their ultimate sacrifice not be in vain.

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