John Ogu tells Super Eagles players to boycott AFCON qualifiers in solidarity with protests


Nigeria international midfielder, John Ogu has called out all his teammates in Super Eagles to boycott their upcoming African Cup Of Nations games amid protest against the Federal government as a reaction to the shootings of unarmed protesters at the Lekki Toll gate on Tuesday night, October 20, 2020.

 

Recall On Tuesday night, October 20, 2020, the Nigerian security operatives (Army) shot at peaceful protesters at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos, which triggered numerous condemnation across the world.

Hence, the Nigerian Super Eagles will clash with Sierra Leone in November in Benin and Ogu against 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, and John Ogu, has reached out to his fellow teammates not to honour the match, in solidarity with #endSARS protests happening in the country.

 

The football star, who has 26 caps for the international team (Super Eagles), said to the World Football show on BBC World Service radio.

“What is the point in representing the country if this is what the politicians, the people we’re representing, can do to us?”


“I feel like this is the best thing to do right now until they get back to their senses and listen to us.

“We want a good government, the police brutality to stop, we want the SARS to stop, we want the killings to stop, we want good laws, we want job opportunities. It’s just crazy.

“I believe most of my colleagues understand where I am coming from, I wish we can do this. There are games coming up and if we boycott these games I’m sure they will know we’ve made a statement.

“I haven’t really spoken to any of my team-mates about this. They feel for the people here, their loved ones, those that have died. I’m sure the players are aware.”

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