Ailing football legend, Mr. Christian Chukwu has finally received funds for his medical treatment outside the country. The former Super Eagles captain (and coach) is reportedly battling with prostate cancer and he is due to be flown to the United Kingdom next week for proper treatment, all thanks to a kindhearted philanthropist: Mr. Femi Otedola.
Representing the billionaire mogul yesterday, Mr. Philip Akinola who is the Chief Operating Officer of Zenon Petroleum and Gas Ltd. presented the Eighteen Million Naira Cheque to Mr. Christian Chukwu in fulfillment of Mr. Femi Otedola’s promise of footing Mr. Chukwu’s medical bills. Witnesses to the $50,000 (fifty thousand dollars) cheque presentation include the Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi; the Chairman of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), Pinnick Amaju; and sports journalist, Onochie Anibeze.
Speaking with TheCable, the billionaire oil mogul said, “The Governor just called to thank me immensely. And I spoke with Christian Chukwu too. He will be flown abroad next week. I told him he will be fine, and I will make sure he is provided with the best health services.”
Thankfully, the Nigerian Norm will not be in play here as Mr. Christian Chukwu (or Chairman Chukwu as he is popularly called) will not end up getting celebrated post-mortem.
Apart from Christian Chukwu, there are many other beneficiaries of Otedola’s kindheartedness and one of them is Victor Olaokun (a Nollywood actor who was involved in an accident). Currently, the actor is reportedly receiving medical treatment in Israel.
The kind nature/gesture of Mr. Femi Otedola is duly appreciated but isn’t it time for a step up in our medical sector? I wonder why the USA and UK and Israel and India and other countries have to be the solution to most of our medical challenges in Nigeria. It is appalling that at almost sixty years, our hospitals in Nigeria still needs to undergo ‘major surgeries’ to function rightly – as a politician recently stated.
We have a lot of brilliant minds (medical doctors) operating in a totally flawed system and instead of improving on the system as a whole, our people at the top would prefer to ignore these hard-working individuals simply because they have the capacity to travel out or send their loved ones over there for proper treatment. This pushes our brilliant minds out of Nigeria, thereby blessing other countries with minds that would have changed our health sector in every way. I really hope the “next level” agenda will attend to this embarrassment.