Anthony Joshua has joined fellow Nigerian sportsman Odion Ighalo by sending a video message of support to the country.
Following Manchester United's impressive victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday night, Ighalo spoke out about the current protests taking place in his home country, and hit out at the government in the process.
Now, British-Nigerian boxer AJ has also posted a video message of support to the country he holds close to his heart, and has also posted a series of tweets with regards to how he plans on helping out when he possibly can.
Since the beginning of the month, protests against police brutality have erupted in the African nation, resulting in mass violence across the country. This has sparked a global conversation with regards to the current sociopolitical climate in Nigeria.
After 12 people were shot dead yesterday in Lagos, Joshua posted a video, as well as a series of tweets on Twitter, expressing his sadness and displeasure to yesterday’s shootings.
While training, Joshua said that he will be sending care packages to Nigerians who have been gravely impacted by the recent protests, and also plans to visit the country after his world title clash against Kubrat Pulev on December 12.
Joshua also said in his tweets: “The situation has escalated, the violence and killings are horrendous. All because of people saying they want to live in peace?
“I pray God opens the gates for the heroes of Nigeria! This was never a trend for me! It’s real life and I want to learn how to make lasting change.
“I’m looking at hospitals to support, along with food and care packages in the time being.”
In a final tweet, a reply to Nigerian musician Femi Kuti, Joshua said: “Change will happen! It’s time."
#EndSARS has grown into an international movement, and celebrities like Joshua, who serve as voice for change, will allow the conversation to continue.
We hope everyone in Nigeria stays strong and stays safe.
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