John Ogu, has apologised to the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) and Nigerians in general for his comment urging his Super Eagles teammates to boycott the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Sierra Leone in November.
Ogu who was actively involved in the #EndSARS protests in the aftermath of the Lekki toll gate shooting, urged his colleagues to shun any invitation from the NFF in support of ending police brutality.
The former Hapoel Beer Sheva star who is currently without a club to his Twitter account and wrote;
“politicians should ask their children to represent the Super Eagles in the next upcoming games”.
He was labelled as unpatriotic by the NFF in a rebuttal response to the midfielder.
The 32- year- old on Wednesday then tendered his unreserved apology to the NFF and Nigeriands for the comment.
He said the comment was made in the heat of the moment from a place of pain and frustration especially seeing the killing of unarmed protesters.
Africatopsports.com got the apology letter via Ogu’s Twitter handle which reads as follows;
“I want to sincerely apologise to Nigerians, the Nigerian Football Federation and the players of the Super Eagles, both past and present and even those dreaming to wear the green and white jersey that I wore with great pride and honour.
“My comments about the Super Eagles boycotting the Afcon qualifiers, was said in the heat of the moment from a place of pain, frustration and anger for the shooting of harmless, flag carrying and national anthem singing Nigerians, at the Lekki toll gate.
“I wish that my comments that were spoken out of anger and pain would not cause more division in our football and even at a time such as this that the nation needs to pull together. Thank you.”