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What a national waste. A nigerian football legend walking mad around nigeria. The federal Govt couldn’t afford to take absolute care of such a man who contributed to her welfare but now that he is gone. Goodluck will send condolence prayer.

This was one of the reactions to the death of Rashidi Yekini, a seasoned footballer who played for the Nigerian national team, The Super Eagles. A lot of people were outraged by the way he died and (naturally) blamed the Government.

I did a little research and found out the late striker was given some hand downs ‘donations’ just about a couple of years ago and I’m wondering where all that went. Rashidi Yekini is one of several national heroes who have recently died in poverty.  Giringory, Bilyaminu and Billy the kid suffered the same fate.

I’m not a fan of the current Nigerian Government (MAULAG!!! DAMN) but are they or even any of their predecessors really to blame for the conditions in which these late heroes found themselves before their death??? Perhaps we should blame poor education or lack of exposure that consequently resulted in their inability to manage and invest their assets properly. But that’s just my opinion, what’s yours?

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    @iBankable

    The Heroes at 1 point were facking rich! Want to tell me where all that money went?

    Especially about the Yekini Story… How come he got so broke? Didn't he invest? How come Kanu Nwankwo did not die of his heart disease?
    I even heard he went mad! Sorry but how come? I know fame and stuff can push some people 2 the wall, but only God knows what he was into. Maybe drugs and other harmful substances that cud have had the 'loony' side effect. But as large as he was that year, it doesn't speak well that he ever got broke again!

    Please! He died shamefully, but the government is no one's dad! If u can't handle urself as a full grown man, u have no one 2 blame but urself!

    June 1, 2012
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      thank you!
      " . . . the government is no one's dad . . ." thank you once again!

      June 1, 2012
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      iyamilele

      I agree, the government is no ones dad, but Yekinis situation was different. From what I remember, dude turned all his assets to liquid ( not very wise) for a huge investment and then gave it to his partner. There must have been a leak, cause his partner was robbed and killed, and I guess that was when the madness began.
      It's not the governments fault if our national heroes don't know how to manage their money, but in a case, where someone who was thought of so highly runs mad, it is only right and credible to take them off the streets, our government is a disgrace.

      June 1, 2012
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    A long time ago when I watched the “Who Deserves To Be A Millionaire” version of “WWTBAM”, Taiwo Akinkunmi was on the show. If I remember my Social Studies well,

    he designed the National flag but the man is living in abject poverty. Nigerians do not recognize people who have done good deeds for their country. In a country like America, every national hero is recognized. From the people who created the National Anthem & designed the Flag to the ones who go to Iraq & Iran and other war torn countries. We need to start appreciating people who have done things for this country. No matter how big/small their contribution

    June 1, 2012
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      yeah.sure. it's good for them to be recognized. but should d government baby them to their graves? IMO that's absolute no! if they r recognized and compensated but do not have the initiative to invest and make something of their lives, it's no one's fault!

      June 1, 2012
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    Yes, we all know. the government ought to recognize and take care of our national heroes BUT in a case where the individual at a certain point in time maintained a good standard of living (whether through personal means or government recognition), the government is not to be blamed, not even poor education or lack of exposure should be blamed for whatever situations they find themselves in. It's pure common sense. It is said, "Make hay while the sun shines". If you have something and you keep subtracting from it without adding to it or multiplying it, it would surely get exhausted one day. Take clothes for example, you keep giving them out without buying more or even stealing sef. u'll surely go naked one day nah. No matter the thousands of clothes u may have. It may take a while o! but it will sha finish one day.

    June 1, 2012
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    awoyambo

    Are footballers Heros?

    June 1, 2012
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      iLoveFrankOcean

      Thank you!

      June 2, 2012
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    Laydeelarz

    First of all, May his soul rest in perfect peace
    Secondly, ppl Should stop referring to footballers as heroes. I feel for this guy and all but he performed a service and was paid handsomely for it. I know thats also debatable but at least dude was better off than the average Nigerian. If he didnt have a retirement plan in place, then thts on him. If the question is about whether Nigerian govt should help vulnerable ppl more then I am up for it. There r several ppl in far worse position than he was in.
    Finally, heroes in Nigeria? Purlease, thinking back, I can only think of two Ken Saro wiwa, Dele Giwa etc and maybe Abiola but that is debateable (ducks b4 someone hits me). In my opinion, the guy was fighting for himself just as much as he was fighting for the masses. He was a rich man who wanted a further achievement of becoming a president. His act was definitely commendable but he was no Mandela or MLK

    June 1, 2012
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