The immediate past president of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Alhaji Aminu Maigari, has sent a message of condolence to former Super Eagles captain, Nwankwo Kanu, over the death of his mother, Mrs Susan Kanu Iheme.
Maigari, who expressed shock over the news of her death, noted that it was more saddening to hear that she died after a brief illness, lamenting that the death of Iheme came when her family still needed the advises and sagacity of the family matriarch.
Mourning her death, Maigari recalled the invaluable role Kanu’s mother played in the progress of his football career, urging the former Arsenal, West Bromwich Albion and Portsmouth mercurial forward to seek consolation in the fact that he actually “made her proud.”
He said: “Her death was painful because it came when the family still needs her motherly advice most. I still recall how the name Papilo she gave to Kanu reverberated across the globe. She was a woman of vision for allowing Kanu to take up football career at the era most parents would prioritise their children education ahead of any other career.
“I therefore urge Kanu, who by every consideration made invaluable contribution to Nigerian football, to seek consolation on the fact that he actually made her mother proud as she predicted. I also pray to Allah to give him and other members of the Kanu family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. May her soul rest in peace,” Maigari noted.
The Bauchi-born football administrator who has now taken up farming equally used the opportunity to mourn the death of El-Kanemi Warriors FC long standing fan, Malam Usman Kafarja, popularly and fondly called Warrior.
Maigari further noted that he was also depressed over Kafarja’s sudden death, stressing that he made valuable contributions to the litany of successes he recorded as president of the NFF through his invaluable advises.