Nigeria’s former national team captain and coach, ‘Chairman’ Christian Chukwu has finally spoken, after several days of suspense and worries over the state of his health, but says he was sad to hear that it caused controversy.
While thanking all well wishers and fans that expressed concern over his situation, Chukwu said he was grateful too for the role played by Enugu State government, the management of Rangers International of Enugu and his close friends in ensuring that he was treated quickly.
The 1980 Africa Cup of Nations-winning captain, who went on to coach Kenya’s national team as well as a club in Lebanon, before returning home to handle the Super Eagles, stressed that he was not at any time abandoned by anyone or any official in Enugu and beyond.
Chukwu retorted: “I sincerely thank Nigerians for their concern on my health. By the grace of God I’ll be back on my feet.
“It, however, feels bad that people have created controversy over my health. It doesn’t feel good.
“I have not been abandoned. The Enugu State Government has been helpful and I appreciate them.
“My friend, Benson Ejindu who lives in USA and who is patron of Ex-Rangers players has been tremendous too.
“He directed that I be brought to this hospital where I am now. He contacted them and moved me to this place.
“I did not tell anybody that I have been abandoned. Ejindu did not also tell anybody that Enugu State Government has abandoned me.
“Nobody has said that. So, I don’t know where this controversy is coming from.”