'We are tired of you guys': Man Utd's Ighalo slams Nigerian gov't

Ross Houston
October 23, 2020

Angry demonstrations have been taking place in Nigeria for two weeks as citizens speak out against brutality from a now-disbanded section of the police called the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Lagos state Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu tweeted pictures of him visiting people in hospital who were victims of what he referred to as the "unfortunate shooting incident at Lekki".

Following Manchester United's 2-1 Champions League win against PSG, Ighalo called for the world to take notice of what is happening in Nigeria and pleaded for help stopping the government from killing its own citizens.

"I'm ashamed of you guys, we exhausted of you guys and can't take this anymore, he said".

"I want to tell my brothers and sisters back home to remain safe".

However, the youths were not satisfied after the government went ahead an renamed them S.W.A.T - insisting a proper reform be carried out and the hashtag #ENDSARS has been one of the highest trending topics in the world.

"In my prayers at night, I'm praying for peace and positivity because I know the people on the ground aren't trying to be heard for their own benefit".

"The situation has escalated, the violence and killings are horrendous", Joshua wrote on Twitter early Wednesday.

Earlier this week, U.S. rapper Kanye West also showed his solidarity with demonstrators, saying "the government must answer to the people's cries".

A witness said more than 20 soldiers arrived at the toll gate in Lekki and opened fire.

Recall some #EndSARS protesters were allegedly killed at the tollgate on Tuesday night, October 20.

Protests began almost two weeks ago amid calls for the disbandment of a controversial police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars).

Joshua, who is of Nigerian descent, said in a video message on Tuesday that he's making "tangible efforts" to support protesters, including sending care packages.

CNN's Stephanie Busari, Eoin McSweeney and Hilary McGann contributed to his reporting.

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