The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi has praised former Super Eagles captain, Kanu Nwankwo, saying the former Arsenal FC of England goal poacher has literally touched the heart of God.
The Oba, who accepted to be the patron of Kanu Heart Foundation, received the two-time African Footballer of the Year Award winner in his Palace at Ile Ife, in Osun state, over the weekend.
The vibrant Royal father observed that Kanu, through his Kanu Heart Foundation, has extended love to a lot of indigent poor people who otherwise would have died with their heart ailments.
He explained that God is love and anyone who is able to show genuine love to humanity has touched God.
In accepting his appointment as the Patron of Kanu Heart Foundation, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi said that he had followed, with keen interest, the lifestyle of the former Arsenal Play maker during his playing days and after retirement, and what baffled him most was his ability to give back to the less privileged through his foundation, adding “that is the purpose of God bestowing wealth to people in order to help the poor.”
The Oba who further relived some of the magical goals of the super Eagles goalador observed that the Kanu Heart Foundation has become a global brand that need to be encouraged to do more.
In his response, the founder / president – Kanu Heart Foundation Nwankwo Kanu said he was short of words with the humility and show of love exhibited by the Oba in welcoming him and his entourage to his palace and observed that he would always remain grateful.
Kanu further remarked that what motivated his coming and choice as patron was the Oba’s open mindedness and spirit of oneness to which His Royal Majesty has been known.
Earlier in his own speech, the coordinator of the foundation, Pastor Onyebuchi Abia stated that the foundation has carried out 562 open heart surgeries since inception in the year 2000.
About 12 troupes of traditional dancers welcomed Kanu and his entourage at the palace even as they were taken round to visit some historical and traditional sites in the ancient city of Ile Ife.
Super Eagles Head Coach, Gernot Rohr will meet Captain Mikel John Obi in London next week before a final decision is made on his selection for next month’s Africa Cup of Nations, AOIFootball.com can exclusively report.
Despite not featuring in any of the Eagles’ qualification matches prior to the tournament, Rohr maintains that Mikel remains a vital part of his team and will wait for him to make a final decision on his international career.
Rohr’s visit to the Middlesbrough midfielder will quash specuations of a rift between the pair with Mikel also stating in the past that he remains committed to the national team.
Mikel, 32, is one of only three Eagles players to have won the AFCON and with 86 senior caps under his belt, the former Chelsea midfielder will be a plus to the team as they get set to view for honours in Egypt.
The Federal government yesterday described as ‘absolute falsehood’ the allegation that the Federal Government gave N100billion to Miyetti Allah, an association of Fulani herders, for ‘dubious reasons’.
Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity who was responding to comments credited to Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Afenifere said: “We are pleased that Afenifere and Ohanaeze Ndigbo found our insights worthy of attention even when they disagreed with our view that they, as socio-cultural associations, represent same interests as Miyetti Allah, an association of Fulani herders.
“Miyetti Allah, like any other trade, community, ethnic organization or interest group is a legal stakeholder in our nation and should be respected.
“We maintain that the government needs to engage all stakeholders and seek partnership in building our country.
“The activities of Miyetti Allah do not benefit selected ethnicities or Muslims only, but everyone.
“Long before petroleum became the core of Nigerian economy, agriculture was the main source of Nigerian wealth. Cattle, hides and skin were a major part of Nigerian export.
“It is right to state that there are criminals among every group in Nigeria and in every country. There are criminals among the northern population as there are in the southern part of the country.
“It is not good to generalise blame. The government will engage each stakeholder and create dialogue between, and among, different groups.”
Shehu, therefore, maintained that both socio-cultural groups should not have insisted that government should not talk to Miyetti Allah.
He added that the meeting was necessitated by “the need to address and engage Nigeria’s ethnic, religious, cultural and economic plurality that was evident when General Yakubu Gowon introduced National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
“The need to engage all groups of Nigeria is as much relevant today as it was then.”