Nigerian government extols Amodu Shuiabu

Timothy Choji, Abuja

Nigeria’s Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has extolled the works and achievements of former Super Eagles’ Coach, Amodu Shuaibu.

The Acting President also condoled with the family of late Shuaibu, who passed on in the early hours of Saturday, June 11.

He said the death of Shuaibu, who was until his death, the Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Federation-NFF, has robbed the country of another great personality, few days after the death of another Coach, the late Stephen Keshi.

In a message, Professor Osinbajo said, “The news of the death of the Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Federation and former coach of the Super Eagles, Amodu Shaibu, in his sleep shocks our Nation. Coming just four days after the death of former player and coach, Stephen Keshi, Nigeria has lost yet another dedicated public servant who worked tirelessly to bring honour to our country.”

“He led the national team to two World Cup Tournaments and answered the call to serve as National Coach on a number of occasions. In deed his life was dedicated to finding and grooming some of Nigeria’s best soccer talents and providing them the leadership and guidance that enabled them to excel.”

The Acting President said Shaibu’s work as national football coach brought gladness to the nation and fulfilment to many.

He said his legacy would be secured in the memories of Nigerians who will forever recall the exploits his teams recorded across the African continent and around the world.

Professor Osibanjo added that, “On behalf of the people and government of Nigeria, I wish to express our sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Amodu Shaibu on this loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. We pray for God’s consolation.”

Late Shuaibu has been laid to rest at his hometown in Okpella, Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State, Southern Nigeria.

Secretary General of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mohammed Sanusi, Chairman of the Edo Football Association, Frank Ilaboya and others attended his burial.

The late football coach is survived by his wife, seven children, aged mother and other family members.