NFF, Minister commiserates with Okwaraji family over the demise of matriarch


The Nigerian football federation, NFF,  and the minister for youth and sport Dare Sunday has eulogized the departed matriarch of the Okwaraji family, Madam Jane Okwaraji who passed on in May 23, 2020.

The minister in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media, John Joshua- Akanji described her death as shocking, “The death of Mrs. Okwaraji came to me with rude shock at a time when we had concluded plans for her monthly allowance. It is so sad and painful that she died when we had just visited her and placed her on a monthly welfare package.

“She was such a strong and courageous woman who took the death of her son in her strides. Considering the circumstance of her son’s death, she exhibited a great spirit. May her soul rest in peace and may God console the family she left behind.”

The NFF also condoned with the family,  “We are deeply pained to receive this notice of the passing of Mrs. Okwaraji. Only last month, we resolved to appreciate and support the noble gesture of the Hon. Minister by providing a further N30, 000 monthly stipends to the mothers of Samuel (Okwaraji) and Rashidi (Yekini). It is sad that Mrs. Okwaraji had to leave us at this time.

Spokesman of the family and the eldest son of the late matriarch  Patrick Okwaraji, said plans are underway to organize a simple burial ceremony in accordance with the COVID-19 pandemic final rites protocols in Enugu State in about three weeks, with a bigger ceremony to hold after the pandemic experience.

Her legendary son, Samuel Okwaraji died on 12 August 1989 during a 1990 world cup qualifier  against Angola in Lagos

He died from possible complications of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy as an autopsy showed that the 25-year-old had an enlarged heart and high blood pressure.