Peter Obi visits injured ex-Super Eagles star Tijjani Babangida in Abuja

Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 general elections, had paid a sympathy visit to former Super Eagles winger Tijjani Babangida, who was involved in a tragic car accident last month. The accident claimed the lives of Babangida's son and younger brother, Ibrahim Babangida, who also played for Nigeria's U-17 World Cup winning team in 1993. 

Babangida's wife was also seriously injured in the incident.

Tijjani Babangida, 50, had an impressive career as a professional footballer. He played for the Super Eagles and also represented Ajax football club in Holland. Obi acknowledged Babangida's contributions to Nigerian football, stating that players like him made the nation proud during their time and deserve the attention and support of the public.

During his visit, Obi expressed his condolences to Babangida and his family for their tragic loss. He also offered his support and wished the former footballer a speedy recovery from his injuries. Obi's gesture demonstrates his concern for the well-being of Nigerian sports legends and his commitment to supporting those who have brought glory to the country through their athletic achievements.

Peter Obi's visit to Tijjani Babangida serves as a reminder of the importance of recognizing and supporting our sports heroes, even after their playing days are over. It is a commendable act that highlights Obi's compassion and his appreciation for the sacrifices made by athletes who have represented Nigeria on the international stage. otball, stating that players like him made the nation proud during their time and deserve the attention and support of the public.

Speaking after the visit, the former Anambra state Governor said, ‘they made the nation proud, they made us happy with their talents, and in times like this, they deserve our sympathy and attention.’

He said further: “I came to commiserate with him for the wound, for the lost ones, for the trauma and to show him that he is not forgotten.”

Tijiani who is still nursing the injured leg told the LP standards bearer that he lost his brother, and his son and his wife is still seriously in pain from the ugly accident.

Tijiani who is the President of the Professional Footballers Association of Nigeria, told Obi how help has been coming to him through his former colleagues and club in Holland the Ajax football club.

The Atlanta 1996 Olympic gold medalist and the General Secretary of the Professional Footballers Association of Nigeria, Emmanuel Babayero, who was with Tijiani when Obi visited, thanked him for the pleasant visit and said such a gesture is necessary to encourage the ex-player.

He thanked Obi for who he is and what he has achieved in trying to make society better, a press statement signed by Dr Yunusa Tanko, spokesman of the Peter Obi Media Reach, concluded.
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