By Wale Joseph, Lagos
An elated Hajia Ali said she was surprised that the Minister could remember her years after the demise of her son. She said the Minister’s gesture not only lifted her spirit, but convinced her that her son did not labour in vain.
She expressed delight that the gesture came at the right time during the Holy Month of Ramadan.
“May God bless the Minister, Mr. Sunday Dare and the government for remembering me. That means my son did not labour in vain. God will reward the Minister for his kindness,” Hajia Ali concluded.
AliJeje captained Nigeria to the World Youth Championship in Mexico in 1983, after leading the team to win the Africa Youth Championship, known as the Tesema Cup in the same year. He died on December 12th, 2007 following a brief illness.
He played club football for Mighty Jets of Jos and Abiola Babes of Abeokuta.
Some of his teamates include: Yisa Shofoluwe, Dahiru Sadi, Tarila Okorowanta, Dehinde Akinlotan, Tajudeen Disu, Femi and Segun Olukanmi, Chibuzor Ehilegbu, Late Wifried Agbonibare, Patrick Udoh, Humphery Edobor among others.