The Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick said he was delighted to see Chukwu in high spirits, describing him as “a super living legend”, noting that he “has paid his dues for the people of Nigeria”. He equally described Chukwu as “a legend that we love so much” adding that “we believe that his name has been written in people’s hearts and in the annals of football in Nigeria”.
The Federation boss, who appreciated Governor Ugwuanyi’s administration for the prompt intervention in offsetting the medical bills of the former Captain of Rangers International Football Club during his treatment at a clinic in Enugu, disclosed that the federation under his leadership decided to be part of the healing process.
His words: “I have to thank the Governor, who has been amazing, he is a role model for many people in terms of display of total humility, he is a man of destiny, you see a lot of positives radiating around him. This shows that he is a man of the people genuinely despite that he is a politician. I say thank you, Your Excellency, the good people of Enugu State are solidly behind you”.
Penpushing further reports that, while commenting on the $50,000 donation by Otedola for Chukwu’s treatment abroad, which was presented via a cheque to the family by his Chief Operating Officer, Akinola, the Federation President commended the Nigerian businessman and philanthropist for his display of “dexterity” describing him as an “astute administrator”.
Penpushing also reports that, Pinnick, who promised Chukwu the continued support of the Enugu State Government, the football body, Otedola and other Nigerians, disclosed that arrangement is ongoing to fly him to England for further medical treatment, and reassured him that he will be much better after the trip.
“The truth is without you (Chukwu) there is no NFF; without you there is no CAF; without you there is no FIFA; without the players, there will be no administration. If we don’t get that at the back of our mind and acknowledge your presence in ensuring total wellbeing, acknowledging your presence is ensuring total package, ensuring that you live. We want to strengthen you to be closer to God, to be closer to your family and now know that Nigeria loves you beyond imagination”, said Pinnick.
“I also want to thank the entire state football stakeholders, members of the executive committee, members of the Nigeria Football Congress and also your colleagues that have made us to know that you are facing this. We want to thank the ex-Rangers and the current Rangers players, among others”.
The Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Joseph Udedi, who narrated how the Governor intervened by making an initial deposit for the commencement of Chukwu’s treatment at the Enugu Hospital and later paid the entire medical bills when the football legend was discharged, applauded the the football federation, Otedola and other good spirited Nigerians for their support and cooperation.
Penpushing reports that, Chukwu’s first son, responding on behalf of the family thanked Governor Ugwuanyi, the football federation leadership, Otedola and all those who have contributed so far towards the treatment of his father, stating that the family is very grateful for the show of love extended to him by Nigerians.
The family spokesman equally expressed gratitude to the Governor for the automatic employment and assured him of diligent service in his office of deployment. Other members of the delegation were the State Football Association Chairman, Chidi Ofor Okenwa , Emmanuel Okala, former Goalkeeper of Green Eagles who was Chukwu team mate.