All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asíwájú Bola Tinubu, on Saturday received some former Super Eagles players in his Bourdillon home in Lagos.
The ex Nigeria international football players commended him on his forthcoming 70th birthday (which comes up on March 29) for his contributions to democracy and good governance as well as sports development in the country.
Among the ex-Super Eagles players are goalkeepers Peter Rufai, Ike Shorunmu and Dosu Joseph; ex-Eagles’ captains Austin JJ Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu; defenders Taribo West and Uche Okechukwu; strikers Obafemi Martins, Tijani Babangida, Victor Ikpeba and Mutiu Adepoju.
Others are Julius Aghahowa, Victor Agali, Garba Lawal and Duke Udi.
Lauding Tinubu, particularly for his achievements in Lagos, Okocha said the former Lagos governor is the reason why he usually calls Lagos home.
Nwankwo who instituted the Kanu Heart Foundation disclosed that the first seed money for that initiative was donated by Tinubu in 2002.
“Without that money, there wouldn’t have been Kanu Foundation to perform the heart surgeries that have saved many lives,” he said.
Pastor Taribo West prayed that Nigeria be blessed with more kind-hearted people like Asiwaju while wishing him well in the presidential race.
Mentioning their names one by one with their nicknames while playing for the country, Asiwaju Tinubu thanked them for their exploits on the field of play, for putting smiles on the faces of many, and for helping to put Nigeria’s name on the global map.
He said the former players gave Nigerians a sense of immense pride and a source of inspiration, particularly the young ones.
Tinubu used the opportunity to seek the support of the players for his presidential ambition, saying he has a vision and the competence and ability to implement that vision.