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Google, FG Remember Okwaraji On 55th Birthday



Internet service giant, Google joined prominent Nigerians including the Federal Government to honour Samuel Okwaraji one of Nigeria’s greatest footballers ever on the occasion of his posthumous 55th birthday.

Okwaraji died at the age of 25 while playing for Nigeria at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos on August 12, 1989.

Until his death he had an exceptional commitment to honouring national invitations despite his wizardry with the ball, a commitment that was in contrast with some of his colleagues at that time.

On the occasion of his birthday on Sunday, Google honoured him with a doodle on its search engine.

Okwaraji: One of Nigeria’s best footballers and patriots ever

The Federal Government in a tweet on its official Twitter Handle, @FGNingeria, declared, “Today, we celebrate one of our past Heroes ~ Samuel Sochukwuma Okwaraji (19 May 1964 – 12 August 1989), a Lawyer turned Footballer. He served his father’s Land with all might. May the labour of our Heroes never be to celebrate

Yusuph Olaniyonu, special adviser to Senate President Bukola Saraki on his part in a tweet said:

“I join numerous Nigerians and lovers of sports across the world while on a true hero of Nigerian sports who died some 30 years ago. May his gentle soul continue to rest in peace.

Okwaraji, a lawyer with a masters degree in international law from the Pontifical Lateran died on 77th minute of an international game.

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