The brother of the late Sam Okwaraji, an ex-Super Eagles attacker, has said that the Nigerian government has not proved that the country was worth dying for.
Pat Okwaraji, who spoke during the opening of Sam Okwaraji Memorial Football Competition at the Sam Okwaraji Stadium, Orlu in Imo, said Nigerian heroes who died for the nation, including his brother, were not properly honored by the government.
Sam slumped and died in 1989 during a World Cup qualifier against Angola in Lagos. But the family of the late player decided to break their silence after 26 years.
He said, “We did not expect the Nigerian government to give Okwaraji’s family gold and silver. “What we expected from the country is to immortalize our son who died for the nation.”
He added that his brother, who was pursuing his doctorate in law as at the time, was forgotten after his death.
He said, “Nigeria should learn how to inspire young talents by celebrating them.
“When heroes are celebrated and immortalized, it will go a long way to inspire young talents.”
He commended the sponsor of the competition, saying that it was a big honor to the entire family.
He said, “We are happy that our son is being honored and remembered through this competition; I want to encourage athletes to see it as an opportunity to excel in their career.”
The competition is organized by Okey Eze, an APGA governorship aspirant in the 2015 general election in Imo. NAN