Former international footballers have praised Aswáj Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, for his contributions to democracy, good administration, and sports development in Nigeria.
They made the remarks when they paid Tinubu a visit on Saturday in Lagos to wish him a happy 70th birthday, which falls on March 29.
Former Eagles goalkeepers Peter Rufai, Ike Shorunmu, and Dosu Joseph, ex-Captains Austin JJ Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu, defenders Taribo West and Uche Okechukwu, Obafemi Martins, Tijani Babangida, Victor Ikpeba, and Mutiu Adepoju were among the ex-Super Eagles players.
Okocha praised Tinubu’s achievements in Lagos, saying the former Lagos governor is the reason he typically calls Lagos home.
Tinubu gave the first seed money for Nwankwo’s Kanu Heart Foundation in 2002, according to Nwankwo, who founded it.
“Without that money, the Kanu Foundation would not have been able to execute the life-saving heart surgery,” he stated.
Pastor Taribo West wished Asiwaju well in the presidential election and requested that Nigeria be blessed with more people like him.
Asiwaju Tinubu praised them for their accomplishments on the field of play, for putting smiles on the faces of many, and for helping to place Nigeria’s name on the global map, by mentioning their names one by one with their nicknames while playing for the country.
Former players, he said, provided Nigerians a sense of enormous pride and served as a source of inspiration, particularly for the youth.
The previous players, according to Tinubu, embodied the spirit of an unbroken team.
He took advantage of the chance to enlist the players’ support for his presidential bid, claiming to have a vision as well as the skill and aptitude to put it into action.
Julius Aghahowa, Victor Agali, Garba Lawal, and Duke Udi were among the ex-Super Eagles who paid him a visit.