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Tijani Babangida: They made us proud in their days, they deserve our attention, says Peter Obi

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The 2023 Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party, Mr. Peter Obi, paid a sympathy visit to the former Super Eagles winger, Tijani Babangida, who was involved in a fatal motor accident last month.

The 50-year-old former national player who also played for Ajax football Club of Holland, broke his right leg in the accident that claimed the lives of his son and junior brother, Ibrahim Babangida, who also played for Nigeria in the 1993 FIFA U-17 World Cup winning team. Tijiani’s wife was also seriously injured.

Babangida (middle), Obi (seated on the right)

Speaking after the visit, the former Anambra state Governor said, “they made the nation proud, they made us happy with their talents, and in times like this, they deserve our sympathy and attention.
I came to commiserate with him for the wound, for the lost ones, for the trauma and to show him that he is not forgotten.”

Tijiani who is still nursing the injured leg told the LP standard-bearer that he lost his brother, and his son and his wife is still seriously in pain from the ugly accident.

Tijani, who is the President of the Professional Footballers Association of Nigeria, told Obi how help has been coming to him through his former colleagues and club in Holland, the Ajax football club.

The Atlanta 1996 Olympic gold medalist and the General Secretary of the Professional Footballers Association of Nigeria, Emmanuel Babayaro, who was with Tijani when Obi visited, thanked him for the pleasant visit and said such a gesture is necessary to encourage the ex-player.

He thanked Obi for who he is and what he has achieved in trying tov make society better.

▪︎ By Dr. Yunusa Tanko, POMR SPOKESMAN

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