The Ministry of Youth and Sports has placed mother of former Nigeria international, Rashidi Yekini, on a N10,000 monthly stipend.
This was disclosed to newsmen at Ijagbo, near Offa in Kwara where a representative of the Minister, Mr Olaitan Shittu, visited Alhaja Yekini on Wednesday.
The sum of N50,000 was also donated by the Minister as part of the Ramadan gifts to Yekini’s mother, including a 50 kg bag of rice, 10 kg bag of wheat and six tins of Milo beverage drink.
The Ministry also disclosed its intention to pay a similar visit to the mother of another Nigeria legend, Sam Okwaraji, who is known as the Nigerian football martyr.
Reacting to the gestures, Alhaja Yekini told the News Agency of Nigeria: “This minister (Sunday Dare) has done very well, especially remembering me in this holy month of Ramadan.
She went on to explain how she had been abandoned for a long time and have not seen any help from anyone.
Yekini, who represented Nigeria in two FIFA World Cups, died eight years ago in Ibadan after retiring from professional football.
For Nigeria, he scored 37 goals from 58 games and was the scorer of the first ever Nigerian goal at the World Cup.
Yekini was named the African Footballer of the Year in 1993.
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