Nigerian footballer, John Ogu has called on his fellow Super Eagles players to boycott the upcoming African Cup Of Nations (AFCON) qualifier games as a show of empathy to victims of shooting of unarmed ENDSARS protesters at Lekki Toll Gate allegedly by security operatives in Lagos.
The 32-year-old midfielder made the call during an interview with BBC World Service radio, adding that it is the best thing to do to get the government attention to the plight of the citizens.
“What is the point in representing the country if this is what the politicians, the people we’re representing, can do to us?” he asked.
“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.”