Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo sent a passionate message asking for the UK government to intervene amid political unrest in Nigeria.
After the match, the forward took to the Parc des Princes pitch to record an emotional video, in which he labelled the Nigerian government “killers” following reports a number of people were shot in Lekki, a suburb of Lagos, during a protest against police brutality on Tuesday.
“I’m not the kind of guy who talks about politics, but I can’t keep quiet anymore for what is going on back home in Nigeria,” Ighalo said in a video shared on his Twitter account. “I would say the Nigerian government are a shame to the world for killing your own citizens, sending the military to kill unarmed protesters because they are protesting for their own rights? It’s uncalled for.
“Today, the 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 your own citizens. I am ashamed of this government, we are tired of you guys and we can’t take this anymore.
“I’m calling the UK government and all the leaders in the world to see what is going on in Nigeria and help the poor citizens. The government are killing their own citizens.
“We are calling you guys in the United Nations to see to this matter. I want to tell my brothers and sisters back home to remain safe, be indoor and please don’t come out because the government are killers and they will keep killing if the world doesn’t talk about this. God bless you all and remain safe. One Nigeria, we move!”