. . . As Obi Celebrates ‘Chairman’ Chukwu at 70
By Alexander Johnson Adejoh
An ex-Nigerian footballer and host of The Sports Parliament, a popular TV show on the Nigeria Television Authority, NTA, Segun Odegbami, has praised the Vice Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2019 elections, Mr Peter Obi, for his continued commitment to the welfare of ex-rangers players.
Speaking at the Sports Parliament, Odegbami said Obi was the only governor who took care of the elderly ex-footballers and continued to do so, even after leaving office. He appreciated Obi for what he described as uncommon kindness and urged him to continue spreading the love.
Speaking on the programme, Obi said it was his personal resolve to always appreciate those who had contributed to a better society in different fields of endeavour, especially the elderly ones. Obi said ex-Rangers footballers all made the nation proud and contributed greatly to sports development in the nation.
Celebrating ‘Chairman’ Christian Chukwu, Obi said Chukwu’s 70th birthday celebration was an opportunity to tell his story of success and patriotism in the field of sports. Obi recalled how Chukwu, alongside other youngsters, like Dominic Ezeani, were selected into the school football academy from National Grammar School, Nike.
‘Chukwu’s humility and passion for football paved way for him and he was subsequently signed by the Rangers Football Club and then called up to Nigeria’s National Team, Green Eagles. Chukwu continued to excel in his football career, leading his teams to victories as the captain,’ Obi said.
Obi promised to take the birthday celebration to Chukwu’s house and further appreciate him for his great roles in Nigeria’s sports development. Obi later made good his promise by visiting Christian Chukwu at his residence in Enugu State.
Speaking to newsmen via a telephone interview, Obi said people like Christian Chukwu deserved to be celebrated by the entire country, considering the honour they had brought to the nation. Obi prayed God to continue to bless Chukwu with good health and happiness.