Nigeria international midfielder, John Ogu, has apologized for calling on his teammates in the Super Eagles to boycott their upcoming African Cup Of Nations games in solidarity with the #EndSARS protesters
Ogu made the call while reacting to the shooting of some of the unarmed protesters by security agents at the Lekki Tollgate on Tuesday night, October 20.
“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.”he said
However, in a statement released tonight, Ogu apologized for his comments. According to him, he made them in the heat of the protest and shooting of the protesters. He said he knows that he must have crossed the line and is now apologizing. Read his statement below