By Tony Ehighiale, Benin CityÂ
Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has reacted to the death of a former skipper and coach of the Super Eagles, Mr. Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, saying his demise is a great loss to the nation and to the state where he was resident.Â
In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Peter Okhiria, the governor described the late Keshi, as a thoroughbred professional, complete gentleman, a good citizen who impacted positively on his immediate environment where he lived a quiet life.Â
â€œOn behalf of the Government and People of Edo State, I join millions of Nigerians and other sports lovers worldwide to condole with my brother, the Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, on the sudden death of this illustrious son of the state.Â
â€œHe was a thoroughbred professional, a complete gentleman and a good citizen of Edo State where he lived quietly and peaceably with his neighbours before he gave in to the cold hands of death. His death is most painful not only to football lovers but to those whose lives he impacted positively.Â
â€œWhile we mourn Keshi, we celebrate his many contributions in bringing joy to millions of homes across the nation and the world with his football skills which were honed during his days as a player with the defunct New Nigerian Bank (NNB) of Benin.Â
â€œHis name will undoubtedly be written in gold as a great Nigerian Ambassador who brought glory to the country and left an indelible mark in the sands of time.
â€œI pray that the Almighty God will grant his soul eternal rest and his family the fortitude to bear this great loss.â€