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.