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Kanu Nwankwo who is a Nigerian former professional footballer and also an Olympic gold medalist, has openly extolled the leadership virtues of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State while also describing the governor as a God fearing, peaceful and kind-hearted leader who has put in a lot of sacrifices and frantic efforts to keep the state peaceful and progressive.
Nwankwo had also disclosed that Enugu State is peaceful because Gov. Ugwuanyi is “a man of good heart and a peaceful leader.”
Speaking when he had led a delegation of Kanu Heart Foundation to the Government House, Enugu, on a courtesy visit to Gov. Ugwuanyi, yesterday, the football legend, Nwankwo, popularly known as ‘Papilo’ had also commended the governor for his good works in the state in spite of the economic, security and public health challenges bedeviling the country.
Nwankwo, who had noted that Enugu is his second home, informed Gov. Ugwuanyi that he and his team were in the city for the Kanu Heart Foundation Fitness Walk which had been billed to take place at the end of month to commemorate this year’s World Heart Day.
The ex-international football star and founder of the Kanu Heart Foundation had also revealed the foundation chose Enugu for the event because it (Enugu) is the most peaceful state in the Southeast geo-political zone.
His words: “We thank you very much for what you are doing. We say may God bless you and give you strength. The good things that we do live with us; know that all the good things you have done will live with you. We will all remember you and will never forget all your good works.
“In life, not everybody will like you but if you have 70% or 80% of people who will like you, you are good.
“We know that by encouraging your good works, you will do more. And we know that even if you are not here tomorrow, your good works will talk about you positively. Keep it up.”
The founder of Kanu Heart Foundation pointed out that there will be free medical care on the day of the fitness walk in Enugu “to know who is fit and who is not fit.”
He disclosed that the Kanu Heart Foundation, since its establishment in 2,000, has carried out 600 open heart surgeries, with 200 patients on the waiting list, adding that 150 indigenes of Enugu State are beneficiaries “and we have 45 on the waiting list.”
Revealing what motivated him to embark on the life-saving humanitarian programme, Nwankwo who thanked God for saving his life after battling with heart-related ailment, said: “I am a symbol of hope and I believe that you out there will learn from me and that is why I am doing what I am doing.”
Nwankwo, who sought the blessing and cooperation of the Enugu State Government towards the success of the scheduled fitness walk, expressed confidence that the governor will give them support.