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Obi, ex-Rangers footballers pay last respects to Nwabueze Nwankwo

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By Phil Okose, Onitsha

The vice presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2019 elections, Mr Peter Obi, last Friday joined family, friends and well-wishers of ex-Rangers footballer, late Nwabueze Nwankwo, also known as ‘Bulldozer’, to bid him farewell as he was laid to rest in his country home at Enugwu-Ukwu, Anambra state.

Addressing newsmen after the event, Obi said he was there to pay respects to the deceased for his contributions to Rangers Football Club, Igbo land, South East and the entire nation.

Obi said Nwabueze was a foundation member of Rangers Football Club where he passionately contributed to sports development and lamented the apparent neglect at in old age which befalls great men who had sacrificed a lot to make the society better in their hay days.

He said that a man like Nwabueze Nwankwo, who was one-time Green Eagles (former name of Super Eagles – Nigeria’s national soccer team) captain, deserved to be well celebrated.

“I have observed, with interest, the kind of attention given to great men and women who have faithfully served and contributed to their countries globally, even during burials.

I followed Maradona’s burial and was marvelled at the level of respect he was given even in death. That showed how his country appreciates his contributions to their football development.”

“Unfortunately, ours is a different story. Great men who have made huge impacts in society are often not well taken care of and not appreciated in old age. No government official even attended Nwabueze Nwankwo’s burial. It’s really sad, for a man who gave so much to the nation”, Obi lamented.

Obi prayed God to grant eternal rest to the deceased and strengthen the family he left behind.

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