Sportsmen rage over Lekki tollgate killings
Written by MaryGift Sunday on October 22, 2020
Nigerian sportsmen and women have condemned the killings of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki tollgate in Lagos.
Tragedy struck when security operatives, made up of policemen and soldiers, in a bid to disperse #EndSARS protesters, reportedly opened fire on the teeming youths at the Lekki tollgate around 7pm on Tuesday.
The violence escalated on Wednesday, with many facilities across the country burnt down by hoodlums.
Some Nigeria athletes expressed anger at the escalation of events, asking the government to stop the killing of innocent citizens.
“My heart goes out to everyone that has lost a loved one in this unnecessary massacre that happened yesterday (Tuesday). It’s unfortunate that we have lost the right to peacefully protest or exercise our basic human right. The government needs to do better and put an end to this,” Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa wrote on Twitter.
Former Super Falcons captain, Desire Oparanozie, added, “Over the years our leaders have been paid for doing nothing. The recent events just show their level of incompetence is worse than their corruption. To my brothers and sisters who have fallen for this cause, your sacrifice will never be forgotten. #EndBadGovernance #EndSARS.”
“Once they know you can speak for yourself, ask questions about your right, entitlement and respect/fair treatment as a citizen, they either try to kill you, shut you up or tarnish your image,” Olympics silver medallist Blessing Okagbare wrote.
“You all are bold enough to kill your own people but scared to go fight Boko Haram. Shame on you all. #EndSARS protesters only need change but y’all scared of us and decided to kill us before we explode,” D’Tigress star Evelyn Akhator tweeted.
Eagles goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi, added, “Nigeria is too blessed as a country for bad governance, why killing the innocent demanding for his/her right without arms, with the firearms you swore to protect with #EndSARS #EndPoliceBrutality #EndBadGovermentInNigeria. Pray for Nigeria.”
“I’m so very sad right now! I didn’t even sleep well. How could Nigeria leaders send the military to shoot the youths protesting peacefully for their rights? For God’s sake, why,” table tennis star, Funke Oshonaike, stated on Instagram in an emotional video.