WILSON ORUMA: OPEN LETTER TO GOV OKOWA

Your Excellency,
Permit me to start this letter by thanking hundreds of Nigerians who showed interests in the case of ex-Super Eagles mercurial midfielder, Wilson Oruma as presented here some days ago. The prayers and concern shown by these Nigerians can only be rewarded by Almighty God....God bless you all. 
Sir, I hope your Special Adviser on Media & Publicity (Social Media arm) will present this piece to you just as I hope this message meets you well. Wilson Oruma is from your State which politically makes you his father and him your son. He has represented Delta State very well. He is a sports ambassador of the State having played for Golden Eaglets which he captained to win the Japan '93 FIFA U-17 World Cup. He went on to play for the Super Eagles in France '98 FIFA World Cup.
Your Excellency, the story about Oruma's health challenges is not new. It started way back in 2012 when he was duped by a fraudster disguising as a businessman in the oil and gas sector. The fraudster was introduced to Oruma by a Pastor. Oruma lost a whopping N1.2bn in the process. This amount was the bulk of his savings while playing actively.
Naturally, it led to depression. He was treated both medically and spiritually according to my investigation. He was okay until recently when he was angered over a domestic issue which led to a relapse.
But sincerely Your Excellemcy, I doubt if previous government of your state did anything tangible to help or improve the condition of this great ambassador and noble son of Delta. Perhaps your predecessor did....but none that I know or heard of. This therefore, reminds me of the shambolic manner Late Stephen Okechukwu Keshi's burial was handled especially by the NFF and the Sports Ministry. Keshi needs no introduction even after death. He was a proud son of Delta. Arguably the greatest sports personality to have come from Delta State. The role your government played in that sad event is still fresh in the minds of all. Sadly and ironically a son of Delta State was and remains at the helm of affairs of the nation's football when Keshi died and was buried. To cap it all, Keshi's teammate at USA '94 FIFA World Cup was and still is the head of Delta State Football Association when Keshi died and was buried. To add to these, Your Excellency, Keshi was from your senatorial zone, Delta North. He was your brother if not your son.
It may also interest you to know sir, that, four ex-internationals (Austin Eguavoen, Wahidi Akanni, Samson Siasia and Nwankwo Kanu) have decided to help their colleague. As I write this piece to you, they are galvanising support to organize a fund raising game to help Oruma. They have spoken to lots of their colleagues within and outside the country to assist in this regard. The game as I gathered comes up sometime in February.
Your Excellency, I honestly think, you cannot afford to stay away from this exercise even if by oversight the ex-internationals failed to contact you or your office. If you ask me sir, that fund raising game should be played either in Asaba or Warri with your office providing all the logistics support especially in the area of security for people who will be coming from overseas. Like I said earlier, you are Oruma's father by virtue of being Delta's No. 1 citizen. Therefore, Your Excellency, I appeal that you direct your sports commission chairman to swing into action by contacting the ex-internationals willing to assist Oruma so that you can work together to achieve a common goal.
For your information Your Excellency, Oruma's family house is at Esi Layout opposite Hausa Quarters in Warri. His brothers are Paul and Dominic. Oruma presently lives in Victoria Garden City (VGC) on Lagos Island.
I learnt sir, that, one of his brothers posted a "recent" picture of Wilson and himself on Facebook portraying that all was well with the ex-international, while I don't doubt this because it is our collective prayers for Oruma to be hale and hearty, I advice sir that your men should be instructed to investigate and get across to Wilson Oruma directly and find out all you need to know about him. There are a lot of twists, turns and tumbles about him hence such picture is coming out after my initial or previous post which meant no harm but was intended to create more awareness on Wilson Oruma's challenges and to possibly call on all Nigerians to come to his aid. I said twists, turns and tumbles because in the course of my investigation, I gathered that Oruma's car was recently "taken away" by someone seen by all as his close friend. I really wonder why everyone around him kept sealed lips on this. Sir, I said "more awareness" because the story had been reported and was in the media before my previous post. I merely lent what could pass for a louder voice.
Your Excellency, the neglect of our sporting heroes and heroines by government or public office holders past and present is a common and open secret. This is destroying sports in the country. If our national anthem which recognizes that the "labour of our heroes past shall never be in vain....." then, there couldn't have been a better time or way to actualize it through adequate assistance for Wilson Oruma.
Your Excellency, you must appreciate the fact that Delta State is arguably the leading state in sports, talking strictly about the production of talents. This is why you should continue to attend to or take issues affecting sports, sports personalities and sports development very seriously. Oruma is a case study in this regard.
God bless His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa
Executive Governor, Delta State.
Thanks Your Excellency,
I remain 
Concern citizen
DESMOND EKWUEME


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