Buhari hails Christian Chukwu at 70


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President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated former player and coach of the Super Eagles, Christian Chukwu on his 70th birthday.

In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President said he joined sports lovers, family and friends to celebrate the skilful footballer who captained the national team to lift its first African Nations Cup title in 1980.

“The President rejoice with the multi-talented and disciplined player on the auspicious period of turning a septuagenarian, affirming that his contributions to development of sports in Nigeria will always attract attention, particularly making the country proud by providing technical leadership for other national teams like those of Lebanon and Kenya.

“President Buhari also notes, with commendation, the efforts of the former Captain of Rangers International, Enugu, in strengthening the local league, which has over the years been the major feeder of the national team, and produced players that have featured in some of the best teams and championships in the world.

“The President prays for improved health, strength and longer life for the former Super Eagles captain,” the statement read in part.

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In 2019, billionaire businessman, Femi Otedola provided $50,000 for Christian Chukwu’s treatment abroad.

The ex-footballer had been suffering from prostate cancer.


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