Chelsea F.C Defender, Antonio Rudiger and Other Soccer Stars Pen Down Emotional Message to Nigerians
Football stars around the world are increasingly putting their weight behind those who want an end to police violence in the West African region.
In reaction against police violence in Nigeria, Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford, Ghana goalkeeper Fatau Dauda, Chelsea pair Tammy Abraham and Antonio Rudiger, and former African Footballer of the Year Frederic Kanoute have lent their voices.
Over the week, there were simultaneous disturbances in the West African nation with people agitating for the scrapping of the Special Anti-Robbery Team, a Nigerian Police Force unit.
Over the past two years, SARS officers have been convicted of bullying, robbing and murdering underage people, not just for motives.
In February, they killed a footballer in Ogun State – Tiamiyu Kazeem, who was the vice-captain of Remo Stars, a club in the Nigerian second division.
On Saturday, Arsenal legend Ian Wright joined Serie A club AS Roma in supporting the public outcry even though another citizen was killed by the police during a peaceful protest in Oyo State.
“Horrible to hear what’s been going on in Nigeria. Let’s make this a trending topic everywhere #EndSARS. My thoughts go out to everyone who has been affected. #EndPoliceBrutality,” Ozil wrote.
Ghana goalkeeper Fatau Dauda who won the Nigeria Professional Football League title with Enyimba in 2019, also called for an end to the killings and described Nigeria as his second home.