#EndSARS: Eagles Ought to Boycott AFCON Qualifiers, Says John Ogu

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Tremendous Eagles midfielder, John Ogu, has referred to as on his nationwide teammates to boycott subsequent month's 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers towards Sierra Leone in protest towards the federal government's angle in the direction of its residents.

The sport can be held November 9 in Nigeria with the reverse fixture in Freetown every week later.

The PUNCH had on Thursday reported that some Eagles stars may avoid the double-header towards Sierra Leone over security considerations.

There've been ongoing mass protests within the final two weeks within the nation, with the youths agitating for police reforms, following extortion and extrajudicial killings by the dreaded Particular Anti-Theft Squad unit of the police drive.

A number of lives have been misplaced within the protests, and Ogu, 32, believes the boycott will "make a press release" for the lives which were misplaced in the course of the protests throughout a number of elements of the nation.

Ogu informed BBC World Soccer, "What's the level in representing the nation if that is what the politicians, the individuals we're representing, can do to us?

"I really feel like that is one of the best factor to do proper now till they get again to their senses and take heed to us. We would like an excellent authorities. The police brutality ought to cease. We would like the SARS to cease, and we would like the killings to cease, we would like truthful legal guidelines, we would like job alternatives. It is simply loopy.

"I consider most of my colleagues perceive the place I'm coming from. I want we might do that. Video games are arising, and if we boycott these video games, I am positive they'll know we have made a press release.

"I have never spoken to any of my teammates about this. They really feel for the individuals right here, their family members, people who have died. I am positive the gamers are conscious."

"I do not know (whether or not there will probably be a boycott). I do not know what's within the coronary heart of the opposite boys. I am positive everybody is considering this now. We have now a match subsequent month. If this factor continues subsequent month, we cannot play.

"How can I'm going to the nationwide workforce to symbolize my nation, to symbolize the federal government and the individuals once I consider the misplaced souls of those that have been killed?"

"In Lagos, it is brutal now; burning banks, automobiles, police stations. It is harmful to exit. The nation is in shambles.