Nigerian Press Protest Boko Haram With World Cup T-shirts
The Nigerian press covering the World Cup in Brazil took on the prominent soccer tournament on Saturday reveal their opposition to the Boko Haram Islamist militants by wearing protest T-shirts bought from MI state.
The T-shirts sported the motto "The World Unites Against Boko Haram" and the flags of Nigeria and Bosnia and Herzegovina, who squared off in their Group F match in Cuiaba's Pantanal arena.
Eneka Odikpo, commentator for Radio Nigeria, said he had actually distributed 250 T-shirts amongst his fellow Nigerian journalists and some Nigerian fans and soccer officials were also wearing them.
"We felt this is a great platform for the world to see the efforts Nigerians are making, apart from the federal government, to see that this threat is cleared out entirely in our society," Odikpo said.
Boko Haram, which equates as "Western education is a sin," has actually become a well-armed insurrection. Their militants abducted more than 200 schoolgirls in April in an unsettled case that has actually stimulated a wave of global condemnation.
Previously this week, at least 14 individuals passed away when a bomb tore through a location where World Cup fans had actually collected to see a match. On Saturday, militants stormed a village near where the schoolgirls were kidnapped and eliminated a number of individuals.
Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi stated Friday that the violence had actually intensified Nigerians' frustration with World Cup results so far and he planned to provide them a victory on Saturday.
However Odikpo said he didn't believe the violence back home was distracting the coach or team.
"No one must use it as a reason, at all," he stated.