The Nigerian government has finally approved the long-term promised to reward winners of the 1994 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) with houses. It could be recalled that the country’s military ruler Sani Abacha promised the team goodies including a house as a reward for each of the squad members and officials but only a few of them received such.
However, a statement released by the Presidency revealed that, final approval has been given by the Buhari administration for the allocation of the houses to the deserving players following a memo issued by the Housing Minister, Babatunde Raji Fashola.
“I am pleased to announce that I have approved the allocation of 3-bedroom houses to the 1994 African Cup of Nations-winning Super Eagles Team (Tunisia ‘94)! Another historical promise fulfilled by our administration.” The president wrote.
He added further that, “these heroes did our nation proud, and the least we can do is honour the Federal Government’s promise to them. They will be allocated the houses in their States of preference.”
Meanwhile, the country’s sports minister, Sunday Dare seized the opportunity to express his appreciations to the president. “I want to most sincerely thank President Muhammadu Buhari for his quick response to the memo raised by Minister of Works and Housing Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN. This matter had lingered for too long, but thanks to the President for making this long-standing promise a reality.”
The players involved include Peter Rufai, Alloy Agu, Ike Shorounmu, Uche Okechukwu, Samson Siasia, Efan Ekoku, Sunday Oliseh, Benedict Iroha, Isaac Semitoje, Mutiu Adepoju, Emmanuel Amunike, Victor Ikpeba, Austin Eguavoen and Wilfred Agbonavbare (Deceased), Uche Okafor (Deceased), Thompson Oliha (Deceased), Stephen Keshi (Deceased), Christian Chukwu, Dr. Akin Amao, Stephen Edema, Col. A Asielue and B. Aromasodun.
Nigeria won the 1994 African cup of nations in a dramatic game against Zambia. The scoreline at the end of the match stood at 2-1 in favor of the Super Eagles.