Super Eagles star tweets double-edged campaign against xenophobia

(Top L-R) Nigeria's goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Nigeria's forward Odion Ighalo, Nigeria's defender William Ekong, Nigeria's defender Leon Balogun, Nigeria's midfielder John Ogu, Nigeria's midfielder John Obi Mikel, (Bottom L-R) Nigeria's midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo, Nigeria's forward Ahmed Musa, Nigeria's defender Olaoluwa Aina, Nigeria's forward Samuel Kalu and Nigeria's defender Chidozie Awaziem pose before the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) Group B football match between Madagascar and Nigeria at the Alexandria Stadium on June 30, 2019. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP) (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)

Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun has joined the call for action against Xenophobia, following the dastardly attacks on foreign nationals in parts of South Africa.

Balogun, who has been a strong voice against racial discrimination, tweeted a picture quote of former South Africa President Nelson Mandela, adulating Nigeria as a force for Africa’s greatness.


The quote read:

The world will not respect Africa until Nigeria earns that respect. The black people of the world need Nigeria to be great as a source of pride and confidence.


In his tweet Balogun preached Unity: Together we stand, divided we fall! I’m praying for UNITY ❤️🖤💚 #SayNoToXenophobia #WeAreOne



There are several reports claiming many Nigerians and other Africans (of black race) have been killed by South Africans, venting angst over the government’s loose immigration policy and economic hardship among other things.


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