In today’s dynamic geopolitical scenario it almost impossible to keep politics away from yourself. Be it entertainment stars across the world, lawyers, doctors etc. Sportsmen are also no different from it and in recent times we have seen how things get interlinked.
In today’s world every day we hear about protests in so many parts of the world. The intentions of those who are protesting are often questioned. Sometimes people who question them are wrong, sometimes they are right. The situation in Nigeria is something similar.
People are protesting against the government in the country. The African country is in a state of emergency. There have been protesting against the police brutality of a special unit, now disbanded called Special Anti- Robbery Squad (SARS).
Since politics is so much dynamic these days it is not possible that the events that have transgressed in Nigeria aren’t followed by Nigerian people living abroad. Football personalities are no different and now plans are being made to send some aid to Nigeria.
Odion Ighalo leads the charge, with support from Abraham and Niddi
Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo spoke about the situation in his country. He criticized his country’s government for the situation in his homeland. He also pointed out that 20th October 2020 will be marked as the day where the government sent its military to kill its own citizens.
According to the Daily Mail, his fellow countrymen Wilfried Ndidi has also spoken about the said issue. Tammy Abraham who is an Englishman of Nigerian origin is also said to be willing to send aid to Nigeria.
Many other Premier League stars will also help but more players are likely to follow the suit. Anthony Joshua is another sports celebrity who has come out to provide aid to Nigeria.
The likes of Kelechi Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi, Isaac Success, are some of the other Nigerian players. While Bukayo Saka is another player like Abraham who is an Englishman of Nigerian descent. No word or information has come out yet about their support for the cause.
More support needed to send more aid to Nigeria
So far the issue hasn’t been given a lot of attention by the international media. The individual personalities have been taking more initiative to talk about and help in the crisis in Nigeria. Football stars in the Premier League seem to be very active.
The likes of Ozil, Rashford & Rudiger have taken to social media to express the condolences and anger regarding the issue. While former Premier League stars Rio Ferdinand and Ian Wright have expressed their concern over the issue.
In Italy Serie, A club AS Roma has also taken to its social media to talk about the issue. Some former African players have also voiced their concerns over police brutality in Nigeria.
Chelsea winger Vitor Moses on loan at Spartak Moscow dedicated his first goal for his new club to Nigeria. Though voices have been raised nothing has been declared as to how players plan to send aid to the country.