Anthony Joshua and Odion Ighalo have condemned the Nigerian government after reports claimed soldiers killed protesters in Lagos on Tuesday.
There have been widespread demonstrations across Nigeria for nearly two weeks against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the Nigerian Police.
The unit was later disbanded but the protests have persisted with a number of the protesters killed on Tuesday night at the Lekki Toll Gate after soldiers opened fire on them.
World heavyweight champion Joshua has called for change while Ighalo, following United’s 2-1 Champions League win over PSG, released a video message criticising the country’s government.
Joshua said: “The situation has escalated, the violence and killings are horrendous. All because of people saying they want to live in peace?
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“I pray God opens the gates for the heroes of Nigeria! This was never a trend for me! It’s real life and I want to learn how to make lasting change.
“I’m looking at hospitals to support, along with food and care packages in the time being. Change will happen.”
Ighalo posted his tweet from the Parc des Princes pitch, having been an unused substitute on Tuesday night.
Ighalo said: “The Nigerian government, you guys are a shame to the world for killing your own citizens, sending military to the streets to kill unarmed protesters because they are protesting for their own rights? It’s uncalled for.
“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, we are tired of you guys and we can’t take this anymore.”
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