By Sab Osuji:
Former Nigeria President, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is the latest eminent Nigerian to console Nwankwo Kanu following the death of his mother, late Madam Sussan Nwannediya Kanu Iheme, (Udonachi Ora), Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
In a condolence message he personally signed and was delivered to the former Super Eagles captain and Nigeria Football Legend, Jonathan recalls the sterling qualities of Papilo's mother but urged the UNICEF Ambassador to take solace in the obvious fact that late madam Sussan Nwannediya Kanu Iheme lived an examplary life worthy of emulation.
"It is more saddening when one loses a dear one. Mothers occupy a special place in the life of any man, but you have to be comforted by the fact she ran a good race, left wonderful footprint on the sands of time…," Jonathan's condolence letter reads in part.
While praying God to grant Nwankwo Kanu's mother's soul eternal rest, the former governor of Bayelsa State prayed God to give Kanu and the entire family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Nwankwo Kanu's relationship with Jonathan dated back to when Jonathan was governor of Bayelsa State.
During the commissioning of the Samson Siasia Stadium in Yenagoa, Nwankwo Kanu and Emmanuel Adebayor were flown in a private jet by Jonathan's government for the event.
Kanu similarly stood behind Jonathan's campaign before the 2015 Presidential election with the Transformation Agenda for Nigeria, TAN, as platform.
Similarly, the burial ceremony of Kanu's mother has received a massive boost from leading transport company in the country, ABC Transprt, after the Director/Chief Executive Officer, CEO, Frank Nneji approved a 14-seater airconditioned Hummer Bus to convey beneficiaries of Kanu Heart Foundation, KHF, as well as journalists to and from Arochukwu for the burial.
Late madam Sussan Nwannediya Kanu Iheme died in September at the age of 82 and will be buried on Saturday December 3, 2016 at her home town, Amannagwu, Arochukwu in Abia State.