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“Football Twitter” joins #EndSARS campaign

These users, known for their fanatical football content, say they cannot look away from the injustice happening in Nigeria.

• October 9, 2020
Protesters at Abia House, Abuja
Protesters at Abia House, Abuja(Credit: Victor Chinyeaka)

As the protests against police brutality in Nigeria continue to gain traction worldwide, many Twitter users who are influential football fans have lent their voices to the #EndSARS campaign.

These users who ordinarily are known for their fanatical football contents say they cannot look away from the injustice happening in Nigeria.

Tweeting under the username, Pogba Senior, a user decried the low coverage of the protests while calling for increased awareness.

Another user, @CFCMod_ said the world needs to know what is happening in Nigeria.

Many other “football twitter” have also expressed their solidarity as shown in the tweets below:

The intervention of online football adherents underscores the increasing global awareness of policing issues in Nigeria.

Sports authorities often avoid socio-political issues at sporting engagements but such rules were bent in the heat of #BlackLivesMatter movement earlier in the year. 

Many sports teams and stars were allowed to lend their voices against police brutality against black people in America.

The #EndSARS movement is taking a similar trajectory and it could only be a matter of time before sports stars worldwide join the movement.

Instructively, Peoples Gazette had earlier reported that popular music sensation, Cardi B has declared her readiness to join the protests.

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