Ahmed Musa says cyber-bullying Alex Iwobi indecent, criminal
Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa has appealed to Nigerians to stop bullying his teammate Alex Iwobi on the social media.
In a post on X (formerly Twitter) on Monday night, Musa said the team lost the final match against hosts Cote D’Ivoire, noting that it is unfair to single out Iwobi for blame.
Recall Iwobi, after the Super Eagles loss to Cote D’Ivoire, deleted all photos on his Instagram account after harsh criticisms were directed towards him.
Some of his teammates including Terem Moffi and William Troost-Ekong have shown solidarity to him amid the criticisms he is facing from fans.
“Dear fans, I want to please urge you to halt the cyber-bullying directed towards Alex Iwobi,” Musa wrote.
“Cyber bullying is not just a violation of decency but also a serious crime. It’s hypocritical to claim that football unites us while engaging in such behavior.
“Losing a game is undoubtedly tough, but targeting a single player for the team’s shortcomings is unfair and unjust. We win as a team, and we lose as a team. Alex gave his all on the field, just like every member of our squad.
“Instead of spreading negativity, let’s show genuine love and support to our players. They need our encouragement now more than ever. Let’s uplift each other and stand united, both in victory and defeat. Thanks.”
Iwobi suffers attacks
After the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament, Nigerian footballer Alex Iwobi faced cyberbullying from some individuals within his own country. The criticism and negative comments directed towards him on social media platforms were harsh and unwarranted, highlighting the darker side of online behavior.
Iwobi, a talented midfielder who plays for the Nigerian national team and Everton in the English Premier League, represented his country in the AFCON competition. Despite his efforts on the field, some Nigerians took to social media to express their dissatisfaction with his performance during the tournament. The cyberbullying targeted Iwobi’s skills, decisions on the field, and even personal attacks on his character.
It is essential to address cyberbullying and its impact not only on public figures like Alex Iwobi but also on individuals from all walks of life. The anonymity provided by online platforms can embolden individuals to engage in hurtful behavior that they might not exhibit in face-to-face interactions. Cyberbullying can have serious consequences on the mental health and well-being of its victims, leading to anxiety, depression, and even suicidal thoughts in extreme cases.
In the case of Alex Iwobi, it is crucial to remember that athletes, despite their talent and fame, are human beings who can be affected by online abuse. Constructive criticism is one thing, but cyberbullying crosses a line and contributes to a toxic online environment. It is essential for social media users to practice empathy, respect, and kindness when engaging with others online.
Cyberbullying has unfortunately become a prevalent issue in today’s digital age, and even public figures are not immune to its harmful effects.
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