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Reps Want Keshi, Shuaibu Immortalised

Posted: Jun 15, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Ahmed Musa
Abuja – The House of Representatives has called on the Federal Government to immortalise late Stephen Keshi and Amodu Shuaibu for their selfless services to the country as a way to encourage the younger ones to always give their best for the country.
The House also mandated its Committee on Sports to liaise with the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to ensure the immediate payment of all entitlements due to the families of Keshi and Amodu Shuaibu as a conscious effort towards cushioning any pains and financial pressures on these families.
These resolutions followed “a motion on a matter of urgent public importance on the death of two former national football coaches, Stephen Keshi and Amodu Shuaibu” brought by Hon. Samuel Onuigbo (PDP, Abia).
Moving the motion, he said the nation has by their death lost its best hands in football administration, reminding colleagues of how Keshi as a player served the nation at the highest level as captain of the Super Eagles who won the Africa Cup of Nations and also as a coach.
He also described Amodu as a dedicated and patriotic Nigerian, who never failed to answer the call of his nation as he took the responsibility of coaching the super Eagles four times both on substantive and temporary basis.
Onuigbo said Amodu was one coach, who qualified the nation for the FIFA World Cup twice (2002, 2010) only to be replaced by other coaches who ended up disappointing.
“These two iconic Nigerians served the country meritoriously as coaches and now their death is not only a huge loss to Nigeria and their families but to the international community as well and we can understand the pains both families and Nigerians are currently going through.
“Nigerians and the international community as a whole have lost the experiences of these patriots and heroes of football, whose services have been lost forever,” he said.
Onuigbo expressed worries on Amodu being owed arrears of salaries running into many months and was equally being owed by the Edo State Government, having worked as the Director of the State Youth Football Development Agency, a position from which he resigned only last year.
Contributing to the motion, Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha (PDP, Abia) said: “The way we treat our national heroes in Nigeria is a sad commentary. Nigeria should wake up and stop playing politics with the lives of our professionals.”
She lamented the shoddy treatment meted out to Keshi after he led the national team to win the Nations Cup and then qualified for the World Cup, saying; “but he was later sacked unceremoniously as if somebody who never made sacrifices for his country”.
Hon. Philip Shuaibu (APC, Edo) urged the House to use this period of mourning to reorganise the nation’s football administration, calling on the warring factions in the NFF to tread carefully and avoid incurring the wrath of Nigerians.
“Chris Giwa and Amaju Pinnick should know that before they lay claim to the leadership of the football house, there are those who have laid down their lives for this country through football,” he stressed.
He added that a monument must be built in their memories to serve as a mark of honour to them and their families.
The motion was passed and referred to the Committee on Sports for further legislative inputs.