Nigeria midfielder Ogu calls for Super Eagles boycott as protest
- Nigeria midfielder, John Ogu, has urged his team-mates to boycott upcoming matches in protest at police brutality amid continuing violence in the commercial capital, Lagos.
The Super of Nigeria to face Sierra Leone in a back to back African Cup of Nations qualifier next month, but Ogu, who has 26 caps, said a boycott would “make a statement”.
In recent weeks, thousands of Nigerians have taken to the streets of Lagos to protest against a police unit called the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
Allegations of the army killing demonstrators were denied. President Muhammadu Buhari has urged protesters to stop demonstrating and engage with the government.
Ogu, 32, in a strong message, told the World Football Show on BBC World Service radio: “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.”
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