With Super Eagles Out Of The World Cup, Nigerians Redirect Their Attention To Ongoing Killings In Plateau

Posted on June 27 2018 , at 03:12 pm
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Nigeria’s Super Eagles Crashed out of the FIFA World Cup in Russia after being defeated by arch-rivals Argentina 2 goals to one in a thrilling encounter that saw World cup legend Diego Maradona almost develop health issues.

The happiness of 190 million Nigerians was thwarted by a late strike by Marcos Rojo whose goal saw Argentina move one point above the Super Eagles to qualify behind Argentina.

There have been a lot of ‘What Ifs’ and ‘What not’ about how the game should have turned out and as usual, several players within the Nigerian team, especially Odion Ighalo have been criticised for not doing enough to help the team to progress to the second round over Argentina. However, for some, the Nigerian team gave their best and there is nothing that can be done about it as in a game of football, there must always be a winner.

Nigeria’s exit from the world cup means that there will be less attention from Nigerians on the remaining games in the competition. This some say is a perfect opportunity for Nigerians to reflect on the reported carnage and continuous violence that has continued to affect several parts of the country, especially the middle-belt states of Plateau and Benue state.

Read: Russia 2018: Nigerian Man On Twitter Calls On Super Eagles To Boycott World Cup Match Against Argentina To Protest Jos Killings

This part of Nigeria has continued to endure violent attacks which stem from numerous clashes by farmers and suspected herdsmen. The latest occurrence happened last Saturday, June 23 where over 200 Nigerians were killed in an attack supposedly carried out by the Herdsmen.

The herdsmen who under the  Meyeti Allah group, a body which oversees the activities of its members have reportedly confirmed to be responsible for the various attacks in the last few days, saying it was in retaliation to the killings of their cows by farmers and the locals of their host communities.

One thing is for certain, Nigerians are tired of the constant news of needless deaths arising from these senseless killings and have criticised the Federal government led by President Muhammadu Buhari for not doing enough to protect the lives and properties of Nigerian citizens. Though the President visited the area where the last attacks happened yesterday, there s unconfirmed reports that violence resumed after the President left back to Abuja.

Nigerian comedian and TV personality Okey Bakassi after the game yesterday asked Nigerians not to troll the Eagles over their performance as they had given their best. In a Video posted, he said our exit from the world cup will now give Nigerians the opportunity to focus on its internal problems and hold the government accountable to its responsibilities.

 

Just like Okey Bakassi, many more Nigerians share the same sentiments with the comedian and have been baring their opinion on social media, hoping to make enough noise that will attract adequate response that will bring an end to the internal crisis that the country is faced with.

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