Editor's note: The issue of record keeping in Nigeria has once again reared its ugly head into the biography of the Nigerian legend, late Stephen Keshi.
In this opinion piece, NAIJ.com’s contributor Babajide Orevba charged Nigerian officials to immediately clarify to Nigerians the actual date Stephen Keshi passed away.
In a country where record and date keeping is very poor, there seems to be a huge controversy as to the actual date former Super Eagles captain and coach died.
Nigerian’s woke up on June 8, 2016, to the tragic news of the death of one of the country’s finest football personalities of all Stephen Keshi.
The tactician who tutored the Super Eagles to an unbelievable AFCON glory in 2013 is only the second man to have won the prestigious tournament as a player and as a coach, having won it in 1994 as a captain.
He remains the only African coach to have qualified for the World Cup with two African nations.
Reports say he suffered a leg ailment in the early hours of Wednesday, June 8 and died on the way to the hospital about 3.am.
The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) confirmed the tragic incident on their Twitter handle with the message Nigeria legend, Stephen Keshi, dies at 54.
"Former Nigeria Captain and Coach, Stephen Keshi, is dead. Reports say the legend died in the early hours of Wednesday RIP Big Boss." - (That Wednesday was June 8, 2017).
On June 7, 2017, apparently remembering the late player after a year, the NFF tweeted again: “We say not in grief you are no more, but we live in thankfulness that you were. Rest on BIG BOSS! Late Stephen Keshi (23/01/62 - 7/6/ 2016).”
Stephen Keshi is an ICON, a legend and a figure of the Nigerian nation even in death, and his biography should never be toiled with or left in the ‘hands of Wikipedia’ – which is only updated by humans.
Keshi passed on in the early hours of Wednesday, June 8 in Benin City, the Edo State capital. – Channels television.
"Former Super Eagles coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi was born in 23 January 1962 and died on the 8th of June 2016" – Punch newspapers.
"The football legend passed away early on Wednesday" (June 8, 2016) - Aljazeera.
Emmanuel Ado, who was his manager of the late gaffer confirmed the death of the former Super Eagles captain.
“With thanksgiving to God, the Ogbuenyi Fredrick Keshi family of Illah in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State, announces the death of Mr Stephen Okechukwu Chinedu Keshi.
“Our son, brother, father, father-in-law, brother-in-law, has gone to be with his wife of 35 years (Nkem), Mrs Kate Keshi, who passed on 9th December 2015.
“Since her death, Keshi has been in mourning. He came back to Nigeria to be with her.
“He had planned to fly back today Wednesday, before he suffered a cardiac arrest. He has found rest. We thank God for his life.
“We want to ask for understanding in this very difficult time for the family,” the statement said.
The late superstar was buried on Friday, July 29, 2016 at his hometown Illah, Delta state.
Please don’t joke with Keshi’s biography, what date did he actually die?
Babajide Orevba can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, Facebook: Babajide Orevba
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