Tinubu helped me 22 years ago, Nwankwo Kanu replies critics

Nwankwo Kanu

Former Nigeria international Nwankwo Kanu says he is supporting presidential aspirant Bola Tinubu because the latter helped him two decades ago.

Kanu was among several ex-Super Eagles who visited the APC chieftain on Saturday ahead of the novelty match in honour of Tinubu.

Responding to criticism over the visit to Tinubu’s residence, Kanu said in a video posted to Facebook that it was only right to support Tinubu considering how the former governor helped him.

“A lot of people have been talking; all the same, we all are entitled to our opinions. Of course, we have to talk. I’m not a politician; I’m a footballer and a proud one at that. I’m a legend who knows what is good and what is not,” he said.

“22 years ago when Kanu Heart Foundation was looking for people to support and help us touch lives, we got only three governors and Ahmed Tinubu was among them. He gave the foundation money; he supported us and now it”s his 70th birthday, we have to be there to support him. We have a novelty game to play for him.”

Kanu had a heart surgery after leading his team mates to victory at Atlanta ’96 Olympics Games. His foundation cares for patients with heart-related ailment.

The former Arsenal talisman, in the video, called on Nigerians to get their permanent voters’ cards (PVCs) ahead of the 2023 elections in order to vote the right people into power.

Meanwhile, the team of ex-internationals defeated Team Asiwaju 2-0 in the novelty match on Sunday in Lagos.