EndSARS: John Ogu wants Super Eagles to boycott AFCON Qualifier, says there’s no point representing Nigeria
Super Eagles star, John Ogu wants the Super Eagles to boycott the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying double-header against Sierra Leone in protest at the government.
Recall that several Protesters were reportedly killed while some sustained injuries when military personnel on Tuesday night reportedly shoot sporadically at them at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos following weeks of protests across Nigeria against police brutality and call for better life for masses.
The protesters, mostly young people demanded the disbandment of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigerian Police.
Meanwhile, the Super Eagles are scheduled to take on the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone twice next month and Ogu believes boycotting the games would be a price worth paying even if the country failed to make it to 2021 AFCON in Cameroon.
“What is the point in representing the country if this is what the politicians, the people we’re representing, can do to us?” Ogu told the World Football show on BBC World Service radio.
“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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