The Super Eagles of Nigeria have reacted to the Plateau killings that were reported over this weekend. It was reported that more than a hundred people were killed by suspected herdsmen in Barkin Ladi and Bukuru areas of Plateau state, Nigeria. The Super Eagles will not be wearing any arm-band to signify the mourning of the nation over this unfortunate incident
Though the Eagles are in Russia on official duties, several of them took to social media to express their sympathies and condolences to the families of the victims while using the opportunity to call on the Nigerian government to end the killings in Plateau state. The Super Eagles would be watched by most Nigerians tonight when they take on the Argentina national football team in Russia.
Ahmed Musa, the scorer of both goals in the previous game against Iceland tweeted a photo of the incident with the tag #StopPlateauKillings. It should be noted that the Leicester striker was born in Jos, Plateau state where he lived most of his life. He first played professionally for Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) before making his major move to
The captain of the Super Eagles, John Mikel Obi also grew up in Jos, Plateau state. It is reported that the former Chelsea midfielder has a mansion in which he resides when he visits Nigeria in the city. Ogenyi Onazi can also trace the genesis of his football career to Plateau state, confirming that the state had done its part in bringing up local talents with Mikel, Musa and Onazi currently in Russia representing Nigeria at the biggest stage of international football.
Super Eagles’ stars Leon Balogun and John Ogu also used their social media accounts to call for prayers for the victims and survivors of the Plateau killings. Both players posted pictures representing sadness and despair accompanied with tags such as #PrayForPlateau and #UnitedWeStand. They used the means to call for unity amongst Nigerian tribes.
Several Nigerians back home had appealed to the players to wear a black armband to show the grief of the country on the big stage. However, the media spoke person for the Eagles declared that there were no plans in place to wear the solidarity armbands as these sorts of requests are not made on such a short notice. It is their hope that the performance of the Eagles tonight would bring some comfort to a mourning nation.