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List Of Footballers That Have Supported #EndSARS Campaign

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Footballs who said no to police brutality in Nigeria

Footballers all over the world have been showing their support for the #EndSARS campaign. These footballers include Nigerian footballers and footballers from other countries. Prominent among them are Asisat Oshoala, Marcus Rashford and Mesut Ozil. Nigeria is a sport loving country with lots of talented footballers. Officers of the dissolved Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) are known to be brutal and kill Nigerians without facing justice. A footballer killed by SARS officers in 2020 is Tiamiyu Kazeem popularly known as Kaka, who was the vice-captain of Ogun State Remo Stars, a club in the Nigerian second division.

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List Of Footballers That Have Supported #EndSARS Campaign

There are hundreds of footballers all over the world that support the #EndSARS campaign. There are several Nigerian footballers and other international footballers who have called for an end to police brutality in Nigeria. Here are ⭐footballers that have supported the #EndSARS campaign⭐ currently happening in Nigeria

7 Nigerian Footballers That Have Supported #EndSARS Campaign

1. Asisat Oshoala

Asisat Lamina Oshoala MON is a female Nigerian professional footballer that plays for Spanish side FC Barcelona Femení in the Primera División as a forward. She was named best player and was the highest goal scorer at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. She has been a strong supported of the #EndSARS campaign and has been calling on the government to listen to Nigerians.

2. Ahmed Musa

Ahmed Musa is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a forward and left winger for Saudi Arabian team Al-Nassr and the Nigeria Super Eagles. He is the first Nigerian to score more than once in a FIFA World Cup match. He is also the captain of the Nigeria Super Eagles and one of the many Nigerian footballers to talk against police brutality of SARS.

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3. Wilfred Ndidi

Onyinye Wilfred Ndidi is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Leicester City and the Nigeria national team as a defensive midfielder. He is known for his defensive prowess and long-range strikes. Ndidi mentioned on his Twitter account that Nigerians abroad are scared of coming home because the people meant to protect Nigerians are killing Nigerians. He also said looking good with dreads is not a crime.

4. Leon Balogun

Leon Balogun is a Nigerian and a defender for the Nigerian Super Eagles. He has supported the #EndSARS campaign by tweeting in support of it.

5. John Ogu

Ugochukwu John Ogu is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for the Nigeria national team. He also tweeted ‘Enough is Enough’ with the official hashtag of the campaign.

Others top Nigerian footballers who also support the end SARS campaign are

  • Alex Iwobi
  • Odion Ighalo

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7 Top International Foreign Footballers That Have Supported #EndSARS Campaign

1. Ozil

Mesut Ozil is a German that plays for Germany and Arsenal football club. He wrote on his official twitter page that it is horrible to hear what’s been going on in Nigeria. You can read our article where Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil Joined The Endsars Campaign

2. Rashford

Manchester United Marcus Rashford has also added his voice to the protest in Nigeria fighting against the brutality of the police. He is one of the few international footballers who have shown support for the EndSARS campaign. Rashford also plays for the England National Team nicked three lions.

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3. Antonio Rudiger

Antonio Rüdiger is a German professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Premier League club Chelsea and the Germany national team. He began his career at VfB Stuttgart, representing their reserves in 3. Liga and the first team in the Bundesliga. He is one of Chelsea players to speak against police brutality in Nigeria. He wrote on social media that Police brutality in Nigeria needs attention and that it is so sad to know that it is happening in Nigeria and it must end. He also supported the post with the hashtags #PeaceFirst and #EndSARS.

4. Fikayo Tomori

Oluwafikayomi Oluwadamilola “Fikayo” Tomori a professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Premier League club Chelsea and the England national team has also called for the end to police brutality in Nigeria. The England player born to Nigerian parents supported the #EndSARS movement by posting #EndSars #EndPoliceBrutality alongside a Nigerian flag emoji and a broken heart emoji on his social media. He picked to play for England’s three lions over Nigeria and Canada.

5. Fatau Dauda

Abdul Fatawu Dauda, known as Fatau Dauda, is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Legon Cities FC. He has also supported the end to police brutality in neighbouring Nigeria.

Other Footballers who have supported the #EndSARS campaign include:

  • Arsenal legend and former Arsenal striker Ian Wright also joined Nigerians in calling for an end to the activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a unit of the Nigeria Police Force. According to Goal, he supported the cause after watching a video of how SARS operatives harass the youths on social media.
  • Frederic Oumar Kanoute is a Malian-French former professional footballer who played as a striker for several top-tier clubs in Europe, enjoying his greatest success with La Liga side Sevilla. Kanouté was named the 2007 African Footballer of the Year, the first player born outside Africa to win the award. The former African player of the year has also supported the end to police brutality in Nigeria.

The list will not be complete if we do not mention Kevin Oghenetega Tamaraebi Bakumo-Abraham, popularly known as Tammy Abraham. Tammy Abraham is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Chelsea and the England national team. He has lent his voice to the #EndSARS campaign and his parents are from Nigeria.

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#EndSARS ‘I Am Disappointed Nigeria Will Treat Me This Way’ – Rinu

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Oluwarinu Oduala has expressed disappointment that the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, froze her account just because she lent her voice during the EndSARS protest.

On November 5, the apex bank secured a court order to freeze the account of 19 promoters of the #EndSARS protests.

In a Twitter thread shared on her handle on Monday night, Rinu who is a member of the Lagos State Panel of Judicial Inquiry probing cases of police brutality and the alleged shooting of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate, said the recent action of the Central Bank of Nigeria is a betrayal of the supposed peace-making efforts of the government.

Read her Twitter thread below.

”I am part of a generation of Nigerians, who have lived most of their adult lives under ‘democratic’ rule yet I wake up this morning feeling there is no difference between the Nigeria I grew up in and the Nigeria my parents grew up in. The sacrifices of the democrats, who bravely stood on the June 12 mandate to bring our democracy to life seem to be in vain. Ironically many are serving in this government and ruling party.

Everywhere I turn, I am told that I should be ‘grateful’ for a democracy that lives were lost, I should be thankful that I have a voice and I can speak up for myself and my peers. But how can I be grateful when young men and women disappear every day, some killed recklessly without cause, while others get scarred for life—physically, emotionally, or both.

When we began to protest it was because young Nigerians decided to speak up.

We spoke up – not because we wanted to overthrow the government but because we wanted the police to stop killing us. We did not carry arms, or incite any insurrection. Our only weapon was peaceful protest enshrined in Section 40 of our 1999 Constitution. At every point we maintained calm and educated our followers – reiterating throughout the protests that we were not there to fight the government but to ask for change and to follow through to make sure that change was effected.

We believed that somehow we would be spared from the systemic violence and breakdown of social order that was the direct result of the government’s actions. Unfortunately we were mistaken.

I was volunteered to receive donations to our cause by Nigerians at home and abroad who felt helpless to personally protest but believed they could make a difference through financial sacrifices. Such was the passion of average Nigerians to contribute how best they can to the #EndSARS cause, they found my personal account number and sent in what they could sacrifice towards the cause. Some people even sent as little ?500; all they could spare towards the cause. To have their sacrifices rubbished by the government and their motivations questioned is disheartening because the raised funds including over N200,000 naira gathered from my business were meant to be disbursed to attend to the medical bills of injured protesters.

We called for among other things, a probe into the killings and torture of people and the government agreed by setting up judicial panels. In order to assure young people of the independence and fairness of the panel I took up the role as a youth representative at the detriment of my education, personal life and family. I did this to make peace. I did to ensure our young people understood that the only way to create a better and safer Nigeria is to do things lawfully. Why am I still being targeted for lending the government my goodwill?

I am not part of Nigeria’s political or business elite—I have no relatives in government or family members with enough wealth to sway powerful individuals. I am just an ordinary young Nigerian. I study, selling hoodies and other clothing for ?5,000 to pay my school fees. I also do the odd bit of freelancing, taking on some brand influencing work to ensure my family doesn’t suffer. Somehow, however, my existence threatens my government, the fact that I have a voice is enough for them to try to silence me.

In the Nigeria I am fighting for, it wouldn’t matter that I am a child of nobody coming from the average Nigerian home. The Nigeria I am fighting for is one that prioritizes every voice, protects every inalienable right, even mine.

I decided to use the only currency I have, my voice to speak up against extrajudicial killings, torture, extortion and unjust harassment that is still happening in a democratic nation in the 21st century! The government also agreed that reform is inevitable and promised us they were going to listen so why punish the same people that are speaking up?

I am not afraid—I am only disappointed that this country will treat me this way.

Nigeria is all I have, and I have a right to demand that it works for all of us, not just those with influence, wealth, or a government position.

In a country that people have been voiceless for a long time, people holding the government accountable is being seen as too much? How can we ensure that this sort of thing will encourage people to build a new Nigeria? A Nigeria that will be filled with accountable government officials, where all forms of oppressions and injustice is a thing of the past. How do you expect me as a part of the future of this country to still believe in a country who thinks they have the right through CBN to freeze my account for no just cause?

This is not fair. But we will make it fair. Otherwise, there is no future for my generation and the generations to come.

Lest you forget, #EndSARS !”

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United States Electoral College Explained

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As prescribed in the U.S. Constitution, American presidents are elected not directly by the people, but by the people’s electors. The Electoral College was created by the framers of the U.S. Constitution as an alternative to electing the president by popular vote or by Congress. If it were by popular vote or who gets the most votes, Hillary Clinton would have won in 2016 and Joe Biden would have been declared the winner by now. Biden has also received the most votes of any president in American history. Whoever reaches the 270 electoral votes will be officially declared the winner. In this system, Trump still has a chance of winning.

The United States Electoral College is a name used to describe the official 538 Presidential electors who come together every four years during the presidential election to give their official votes for President and Vice President of the United States.The Constitution leaves states to decide how electors will vote. It began In 1804, 12th Amendment to the Constitution made sure that electors designate their votes for president and vice president, but the 12th Amendment leaves in place a tie breaking system established by the Constitution by which the House of Representatives breaks a tie on presidential electoral votes and the Senate.

The election of the president of the United States is a two-step process. First, voters cast ballots on Election Day in each state. In nearly every state, the candidate who gets the most votes wins the “electoral votes” for that state, and gets that number of voters (or “electors”

 in the “Electoral College.” In the Electoral College system, each state gets a certain number of electors based on its total number of representatives in Congress. Each elector casts one electoral vote following the general election; there are a total of 538 electoral votes. The candidate that gets more than half (270) wins the election.

What happens if no candidate gets enough electoral votes?Pursuant to the 12th Amendment, the House of Representatives is required to go into session immediately after the counting of the electoral votes to vote for president if no candidate for the office receives a majority of the electoral votes. … The House continues balloting until it elects a president.

Who sits on the Electoral College? The president and vice president of the United States are elected by the Electoral College, which consists of 538 electors from the fifty states and Washington, D.C. Electors are selected state-by-state, as determined by the laws of each state.

Addendum: Electoral College is a system born of compromise deeply rooted in America’s slavery foundation. I will explain this in my subsequent post.

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Our Country is on Fire by Rhamsis

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Our country is on fire and the causes of the flames are a combination of the activities of the government in their attempts to sabotage a righteous movement and the unhinged reaction of inflamed youths who are currently on a rampage. These understandably angry and incensed people assume that the destruction of private property is “fighting the system”.

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I am truly bothered by the huge amount of destruction of public and especially private property taking place everywhere.

While stationed at the gate to my estate yesterday as we were trying to prevent hoodlums from gaining access, a woman attempted to leave the estate in the heat of the riots. She had been told her shop had been destroyed and all her goods stolen.

We had to work hard to prevent her from proceeding to her shop I saw the grief on her face. I knew this woman has no other source of livelihood. She and her dependents would now be in financial ruin. I hope she doesn’t act in desperation. Less has led to suicide in the past.

This lady isn’t a part of the government, nor is she guilty of any of the injustices that we are calling on the government to correct. She is just someone who is trying to make a living. She is a wife, a mother, a grandmother, and a sister. She has groaned with all of us under the yoke of bad government. Now she has been further punished for crimes she did not commit Her life will never be the same – ever again To be clear, the reaction of the government to the protests is disgusting, shocking, and unconscionable. I will not lessen the gravity of this by adding “but”. I will respectfully wait till the next paragraph to continue.

The fight must continue but it must also be fought through righteous means Civil disobedience and peaceful protests are more effective than riots If things continue in their current trajectory, we will lose our moral standing and the government will win the moral battle. Our grievance is not with banks, shopping malls, or any other businesses.

Our grievance is with the government.

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Remember that this is the same year that the covid -19 has devasted the economy and caused large unemployment Think about the effect of continuing on this path of destruction. Think of your jobs and the jobs of your family members. THERE IS TOMORROW MY PEOPLE. We must think of TOMORROW.

Do we not all share in the yoke of police brutality Do we not all share in the perils of bad leadership?

Our solution cannot be worse than the problem. We MUST Not contribute to the problems. Remember, one of our major grievances is corruption. What is happening now is also corruption. IT is the corruption of what was until 20/10/20 a righteous struggle that was garnering international support.

The response to police brutality and corruption in our government CANNOT BE riots, looting, pillaging and killing of police officers.

The hand that gave soft drinks to the police officers did more for this struggle than the hand that struck them.

We grieve for all who have lost their lives in this struggle. Protesters and Police officers alike.

#STOP THE VIOLENCE. CONTINUE THE PRORESTS

I am calling on all patriotic Nigerians to calm nerves and to engage with the youth through any medium available to them.

This struggle must not be prematurely aborted.

The youth must be guided even as they lead.

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