Rashidi Yekini: Nigeria's All-Time Top Soccer Goal Scorer Buried

Final Islamic paryer for Rashisdi Yekini
By NAN

Ilorin  – It was wailing, dirge and eulogy as the remains of 1993 Africa Footballer of the Year, Rasheed Yekini, were buried in his home town Ira, Oyun Local Government Area of Kwara State.

 

The ex-international, 48, who died on Friday was buried according to Muslim rites at 4 p.m.

 

The Chief Imam of Ira, Alhaji Shehu Tijani, who led the prayer before the burial, noted that death is the end of everyone.

 

The burial was witnessed by a large crowd of soccer fans from across the country.

 

Yekini, who died in a private hospital in Ibadan at about 10 p.m. on Friday, was brought to Ira at about 2 p.m. on Saturday for burial.

 

Present at the burial was the Kwara State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Prince Tunji Moronfoye, who pledged that government would do something to assist the deceased’s family.

 

Others were representatives of Osun State Governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, Commissioner for Sports, Mr Stephen Kola Balogun who said the news of his death was received with shock.

 

The Osun State Government  donated N1 million as endowment fund for the soccer legend to cater for the family and children.

 

Others at the burial included Ike Shorunmu, Taiwo Ogunjobi, Mutiu Adepoju, Stephen Olarinoye representing the National Sports Commission and Otunba Dele Ajayi, the Chairman of Ondo State Football Association.

 

The Commissioner for Sports, Oyo state, Mr Dapo Lam Adeshina who represented Gov. Abiola Ajumobi said Yekini’s death was a great loss.

 

According to him, the country has not rewarded him for his contribution to national soccer development because he scored the first Nigeria world cup goal in 1994 in the U.S.

 

In his reaction the Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, said he received the news of the death of the soccer icon with great shock and disbelief.

 

Ahmed noted that the deceased would be missed at a time when his experience was needed to move Nigerian football to the next level.

 

“On behalf of myself, my family and the good people of Kwara I condole with the family and the sporting world on his demise”, Ahmed added.

 

The traditional ruler of Ira, Alhaji Abdullahi Oyetoro urged the government to always come to the assistance of the sports heroes to encourage the young ones.

 

The mother of the deceased, Alhaja Sikirat Yekini, thanked his friends and government for their assistance.

 

She said her son had been sick and withdrew to himself about five years ago, adding that they spent all they had to take care of him before his death. (NAN)

 

 

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WTY57

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24MT8

Burberry Bag is one of the best fashion bags in the world.The shorter fibres from the backs and legs are much heavier, coarse and less expensive, making it easier to afford a luxury garment.They seemed directed toward ambience the worship furthermore service towards them.

what a great lost

i only pray 2 Almifhty ALLAH 4 HIS forgiveness on our belove player Rashidi yekini.ALLAHU YERHAM HU,ALLAHU YUQRIMU HU,ALLAHU YEBHASU HU FI HAHSANI SUWARI.

NATIONAL SHAME!!

In a country where status is measured not by honour, glory and good conduct but by money, what remains is moral decline. NIGERIANS, WE HAVE LOST OUR SOULS AND DO NOT EVEN KNOW IT. We need a clean slate, and only then can real progress begin. We need to unshackle ourselves from the bondage of these thieving and murderous political class that are driving Nigeria to the pits of hell. THE CASE OF RASHIDI YEKINI is one that typifies the two faces of Nigeria - true grit and sheer disdain for anything good that we produce. Ask yourself a question, would you be inclined to sacrifice yourself for such a country?

we love u but God loves u more

We love u but God loves u more...RIP

Oh this is really sad news :(

Oh this is really sad news :( RIP .
MMA News

One was there.

Mind you, former Osun State governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola was at the burial!

condeles greating to late rashidi yekini families

ina lilahi rajiun wa ina hilahi rajiun may u rest in peace amin.

WHAT A LIVE

Rubish Rubish>>> I wonder if anyone should defend this nation the way it supposed to be anymore.they dont think about the national anthem.where is the labour of our heroes past.All is now in vain. they only know how to steal and destroy.they are all thief from the Head to the least.YEKINI<><><><><><><>

Letter to Yekini

When next you're comin' to this world, pls tell God you are not coming to this devil abode called Nigeria. You can see after your demise the donations which should have come for your rehabilitation have started coming- vain glorily - they say a lot of things now and many eulogies are still coming on the way. But thank God you are gone now, the rest is history!!!. R .I. P. dear YEKINI.

Goodbye Yekini

What else can we say than to say goodbye till we meet and part no more. The end is near. Rashidi Yekini is gone. It is our prayer that he will be in heaven. You are still alive, WHERE WILL YOU SPENT ETERNITY? There is still chance for you to make amend before it's too late. Jesus loves you.

Goodbye Yekini

What else can we say than to say goodbye till we meet and part no more. The end is near. Rashidi Yekini is gone. It is our prayer that he will be in heaven. You are still alive, WHERE WILL YOU SPENT ETERNITY? There is still chance for you to make amend before it's too late. Jesus loves you.

ADIEU YE KING

WE CALL YOU YE KING BECAUSE YOU WERE INDEED A KING WHEN GOAL SCORING WAS THE BANE OF OUR NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM.IT IS VERY UNFORTUNATE THAT YOU LEFT UNDER MYSTERIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES,MORESO, DUE TO THE PART OF THE FOOTBALL WORLD YOU HAIL FROM - A LAND HEROES AND HEROINES LABOUR AND DIE IN VAIN;A LAND BABOONS KEEP EATING FROM THE SWEAT OF THE MONKEYS.BUT I'M OPTIMISTIC THAT GOD WILL CHANGE THE SITUATION .
HASTA LA VISTA RASHEED YE KING.

Condolence Message

May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace.

where will u spend eternity?

Question:where will u spend eternity?
Answer: My eternity will be with my CREATOR, the Ominipotent, Ominiscience. Everybody will reap what he/she sow, may Almighty GOD forgive us our shortcoming and forgive Rashidi Yekini his own and put him Al-janah firdaus, Amin.

RASHIDI YEKINI

Aaaaaah once more we mourn a great irrepairable loss.
Pain, anguish, grim sense of loss and confusion torture us with the demise of gangling RASHIDI YEKINI.
I remember WALTER OYATOGUN, YINKA CRAIG, IMAILA MABO and other fallen heroes, and heroines, and now goes Y e k i n i,yekini Yekini ...its a gooooooooaaaaalll.
Rest In Perfect Peace

Think about this

Yekini my heart bled when the news of your demise reached me. You have made us proud as a Nation. Whatever a man sow that he shall reap. Rest in perfect peace.

rasheed death

good point my brother may god be with u for that comment

Inna Lillahi Wainnahilahi

Inna Lillahi Wainnahilahi Rojihun

Where were they?

All these govt. functionaries making donations and pledges, where were they when he was suffering in the ancient city of Ibadan? They ALL abandoned him to die only to come and pour eulogies.

Our Dear football legend

Yekini may your soul rest in peace as u depart this lonely and wicked world AMEN.

Adieu 'Gangling' Rashidi

Here goes another ambassador of Nigeria and sports, abandoned and rejected by his motherland towards his end. He died forgotten and abandoned by the country/people he served so well and gave his all. He remains a hero! Pray he rests in peace.

Lesson from his death. Everyone failed Rashidi Yekini, the rich, young, old, 'big' men/women, his Local Government, State Governors, Federal Govt, Ministry of Sports, NFF, the Press. Here was a man celebrated by all at his peak, yet nobody could raise money to save his life.

I remembered him recently and was filled with nostalgia when I drove through Setubal enroute Lisboa. I had no inkling he was even sick.

when will our leaders change? Nigeria a failed nation!

A country where real heroes are not respected, a country where greedy politicians who can't even say our national anthem continue to senselessly loot our money, a country where there are shameless thieves as leaders and these thieves end up not knowing left or right.

R.I.P Rashid

We all love Rashidi ignorant on the part of his people killed him his problem needs medical attention not those marabouts and pastors that we. Call his problem spiritual attack and they will be smiling to the banks.we need comprehensive health education in our school curricullum b4 crucify d gov let us wait for d fidau prayer

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We all love Rashidi ignorant on the part of his people killed him his problem needs medical attention not those marabouts and pastors that we. Call his problem spiritual attack and they will be smiling to the banks.we need comprehensive health education in our school curricullum b4 crucify d gov let us wait for d fidau prayer

No striker before, during and after Rashidi Yekini.

I have nothing to say than this; whatever anybody sows that he will reap. RIP Rashidi Yekini.

ђã†̥ a loss

RIP Rasheed Yekini, I think irrespective of ђã†̥ religion he is, the state/country should have been the one responsible for his buria, there has been some few muslim that died but were not buried the same or next day @ 4pm.considering the fact that he's an icon in Nigeria, I still think he deserved better than N1 or N1.5 donation (Thanks to those that did, at least they still did something)if possible the burial should be redone (not exsuming the body) but done in proper manner and the family should be taken care of.let's not blame no one now but plead on behalf of the family that something should be done. Although Late Sikiru A Barrister was a muslim but he was buried months after he died . So anything is doable

IT IS UNFAIR FOR OUR LEADER

The only things that our leaders know is how to
Still money nd establish to foreign country. It is big shamfull
For our leaders not to attended the buried of
Rashidi Yekini but all what I know is death is the end of everyone.
I believe that everybody has his own time,
Our leaders yours is coming!

LET US BE TRUTHFUL.

Mr McCarthy, supposing the vice president was to plan a spontaneous burial of his mother in accordance to muslim rites how many praise singers in form of ministers and governors do you think will be present

no.9 is gone

I remember those days while I was still coming up,went we want to play football,we start by draging who will be no.9(Rasheed Yekini)....well this is nt the time to apotion blames on anybody or govt.but to give glory to Him GAVE and also TAKE...Rasheed Yekini,may almighty God accept your soul in Heaven....till we meet to part no more......I still love that name no.9

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