Nigeria's number one citizen Muhammadu Buhari paid an emotional tribute to the mother of the late Super Eagles midfielder Samuel Okwaraji, reports Completesports.com.
Janet Okwaraji died at the age of 83 on Monday at her residence in Enugu, southeastern Nigeria.
The death of the retired teacher and the school owner was confirmed by her eldest son, Patrick.
“President Muhammadu Buhari speaks to the family of Lady Janet Okwaraji, a teacher and school owner, who passed away at the age of 83, leaving a lasting reminder of kindness, love and charity as a devout Christian,” reads a message of condolences released by the consultant special for the President of Media and Advertising Femi Adesina.
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“The president believes that Lady Okwaraji, whose son Samuel died in August 1989 while playing for the Super Eagles in the World Cup qualifiers, will always be remembered for the family's sacrifices for the nation.
“President Buhari says that the matriarch of the Okwaraji family, like his son, defined simplicity, loyalty and patriotism in many ways, while she stood firm, believing in Nigeria, despite the vicissitude of life.
“As a mother, who lost her son in an unexpected situation, the president believes that Lady Janet deserved to be recognized for her resistance and nobility, despite the odds.
“President Buhari prays that Almighty God will grant his soul eternal rest and will comfort his loved ones.”
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