- The family to Nigeria late footballer Sam Okwaraji has condemned the nonchalant attitude of the country in honouring its heroes
- A brother to Sam said Nigeria is not worth dying for as a country
- He also heroes who have sacrificed their life for the nation have never been honoured
A brother to one of Nigeria’s star football players, late Sam Okwaraji has said the Nigeria as a country is not worth dying for.
Pat Okwaraji said Nigeria has not proven that it is worth dying for by its heroes.
Speaking during an interview with News agency of Nigeria at the opening of Sam Okwaraji Memorial Football Competition, Pat said heroes who have died for Nigeria have never been honoured.
He said this includes his late brother Sam, who died in 1989 during a world cup qualifier against Angola in Lagos.
The late footballer slumped and died while on the pitch.
At the competition organized by Okey Eze, an All Progressive Grand Alliance governorship aspirant in Imo state, Pat said: “We did not expect the Nigerian government to give Okwaraji’s family gold and silver.”
“What we expected from the country is to immortalize our son who died for the nation,’’ Pat said.
He said Sam who was at that time pursing a doctorate degree in Law was immediately forgotten by the country he played for.
“Nigeria should learn how to inspire young talents by celebrating them. When heroes are celebrated and immortalized, it will go a long way to inspire young talents,’’ he said.
Pat however, commended the sponsor of the competition, saying it was a big honour to the entire family.
“We are happy that our son is being honoured and remembered through this competition; I want to encourage athletes to see it as an opportunity to excel in their career," he said.