By Ernest Omoarelojie
Almost literally, President Muhammadu Buhari gave life to the third line of the nation’s national anthem on Wednesday when he allocated a three bedroom flat each to members of the victorious 1994 Super Eagles squad. The president approved the allocation following the transmission of a memo to him by Works and Housing minister, Babatunde Raji Fashola.
Fashola, who noted that the players would be given the houses in their states of preference, added that six of the players and three technical crew member that won the African Nations cup in Tunisia had already been given the keys to their new houses.
Members of the award-winning team include Peter Rufai, Alloy Agu, Ike Shorounmu, Uche Okechukwu, Emmanuel Amunike, Samson Siasia, Victor Ikpeba, Efan Ekoku, Sunday Oliseh, Benedict Iroha, Isaac Semitoje, Austin Eguavoen, Mutiu Adepoju, Christian Chukwu, Stephen Edema, Dr. Akin Amao, Col. A Asielue, and B. Aromasodun.
Others are Wilfred Agbonavbare (deceased), Uche Okafor (deceased), Thompson Oliha (deceased) and Stephen Keshi (deceased),
Meanwhile, Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has also made a similar patriotism-inducing gesture to one of the country’s Olympic stars, Chioma ASP Ajunwa-Opara.
The governor honoured ASP Ajunwa-Opara, who represented and won the country’s first gold medal ever at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics with a three bedroom flat on Thursday.