The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, through his Football Club, the ABS FC, has risen in support of the family of Rashidi Yekini, Nigeria late football legend who died four years ago.
There were reports earlier in the year that the family of the late African Footballer of the Year, particularly his mother, Sikiratu Yekini and younger brother, Akeem, were struggling to survive after the demise of their breadwinner.
The reports elicited sympathy for the family leading to the intervention of well meaning Nigerians.
Mr. Saraki has now risen in support of the family by ordering his football club to devise ways of ameliorating the sufferings of the Yekinis in Ijagbo, Oyun LGA of Kwara State.
The intervention saw the comprehensive renovation of the living apartment of the Yekinis, stocking of the shop of the late footballer’s mother with assorted provisions and raw food materials, textile materials and cash support.
Akeem on the other hand was given a brand new tricycle, known popularly as Keke NAPEP in local circle. Akeem, until now, was digging wells and latrines for survival.
While handling over the items to the family in the home town of the Yekinis, the Manager of the ABS FOOTBALL CLUB, Alloy Chukwuemeka, who represented the Senate President, said that there was no gesture too big for the family that produced Yekini, Nigeria’s greatest legend.
He said apart from the items, the Senate President also approved constant medical services for the player’s aged mother.
Mr. Chukwuemeka was accompanied to the event by select players of the ABS FC.
Responding on behalf of the family, Sikiratu Yekini, said the interventions of the Senate President, through his Football Club was a huge surprise to the family.
She thanked Mr. Saraki for supporting the family despite their town not being part of the Senatorial District he represents.
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