By Emmanuel Adeleke
Nigerian striker, Victor Osimhen, has broken his silence on the two controversial TikTok videos posted by his club, Napoli, that were widely seen as mocking him.
The videos, which have since been deleted by his club, Napoli, first likened Osimhen to a coconut then the other was mocking his penalty miss against Bologna.
Osimhen was understandably furious with the video, a development that saw him deleting all pictures on his Instagram account where he was in Napoli colours.
Nigerian government also waded into the matter, warning Napoli against any form of discrimination towards the forward .
Napoli obviously bowing to pressure after keeping mute for days later issued a statement on the incident.
However, instead of apologising to Osimhen as widely expected, the club only explained they never had any intention to offend Osimhen.
The statement from Napoli appeared to cause more problems but Osimhen on Sunday decided to pour water on the raging issue.
The Nigerian star, in a statement he personally issued, defended the people of Napoli after they were labelled as racists by angry commentators.
“Coming to the City of Naples in 2020 was a wonderful decision for me. The People of Napoli have shown me so much love and kindness, and I will not allow anyone to come between us.
“The passion of the People of Naples fuels my fire to always play with my heart and soul, and the love for the badge is unwavering as I wear it with pride.
“The accusations against People of Naples are untrue. I have a lot of friends that are Napolitans and have become part of my family and everyday life. I appreciate Nigerians and everyone for leading their voices to support and reach out to me.
“I’m forever grateful. Let’s support unity, respect and understanding,” the statement read.