Manchester United secured a 2-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, later Odion Ighalo responded to the violence in Nigeria.
In Lagos security forces and soldiers allegedly opened fire on protestors and Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo called Nigeria’s government “killers.”
Protests have been ongoing in Nigeria against police brutality and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) police force, which has been accused of killings, torture, and extortion.
On Tuesday, a 24-hour curfew was enforced, but before fleeing as live rounds were fired at the crowd, protesters still took to the streets.
Former Nigeria international Ighalo replied to the attack following United’s 2-1 Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain.
“I’m sad and I don’t know where to start from,” Ighalo said in a video message shared via social media.
“I’m not the kind of guy who talks about politics – but I can’t keep quiet anymore about what is going on back home in Nigeria.”
“I would say [to them] government are a shame to the world – for killing your own citizens, sending the military to the streets, to kill [unarmed] protesters because they are protesting for their rights. It’s uncalled for.”
“Today, 20th of October 2020, you people 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. I am tired of you guys. I can’t take this anymore. I’m calling the UK government, calling all those leaders in the world to please see what is going on in Nigeria and help us – help the poor citizens.”
“The government is killing its own citizens. We are calling [the world’s governments], the United Nations, to see to the matter.”
“I want to tell my brothers and sisters back home to remain safe. Be indoors, please don’t come [outside]. Because this government is killers and they will keep killing if the world does not talk about this. God bless you all. Remain safe. One Nigeria.”