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Ugwuanyi reacts to Chukwu’s healthcare, trending public perception

In the last few days, there had been viral calls on sports lovers and mainly deep pocket Nigerians to donate for the treatment of yet to be named ailment destabilizing former Nigerian international and captain of Nigerian national football team in the 1980s, the Green Eagles, Mr. Christian Chukwu.
Already, news making the rounds say western Nigerian born oil magnet Mr. Femi Otedola had announced a donation of $50,000 for immediate treatment abroad for the defence maestro, as one Chigozie Ubani on Facebook is threatening to embark on violent protest “If These VVIPs and our five State Governors, fifteen Senators, and a Legion of billionaire political contractors continue to feign ignorance but await……to attend Chukwu’s funeral with their latest Rolls Royce Sedans and Limousines.”
Ubani had listed five south east successful industry moguls including Chief Arthur Eze (Oranto Atlas Oil Group), Chief Cosmas Maduka (Coscharis Group), Chief Innocent Chukwuma (Innoson Motors manufacturing), Chief Ernest Azudialu-Obiejesi, and Chief Tony Ezenna (Orange Drugs), telling them that “Chairman Christian Chukwu is terminally ill, but can come back to life, if some $50,000 is provided to fix his health issues.”
It was also gathered that Delta State politician, Ned Nwoko led the way with a N5 million donation, a few hours before oil magnet, Femi Otedola volunteered to foot the bill for Chukwu’s treatment abroad.
Before then, many Nigerians had trooped to a ‘Gofundme’ account opened for the national team icon to contribute to the cause. At the last count, the Gofundme account has yielded $4, 414.
However, in a well articulated response which many followers of the development had described as mere reactionary, the leadership of Enugu State Government through the Commissioner for Information, Ogbuagu Anikwe, made a statement available to Business Hilights South East Bureau chief explaining how far the government had gone and clarified other issues relating to the ill health of the former Green Eagles star who marshaled defence when Nigeria won the AFCON in Lagos in 1980.
According to him, “The Enugu State Government has so far been restrained in its reaction to the spate of misinformation and outright lies promoted by a friend of the iconic Enugu Rangers player, Mr. Christian Chukwu who is ill and has been hospitalised. This restraint is out of respect to the wishes of both the Chukwu family and the request of his doctors who wanted a space to quietly deal with the emergency situation that brought Chukwu to hospital on a stretcher.”
“Today (March 9, 2019), however, Chairman Chukwu is walking with a stick and has granted interviews to the BBC and a couple of local media. It is on the strength of this that the Enugu State Government is now putting out the following information and clarifications to explain what is happening to Christian Chukwu and how it is being taken care of:
1. Christian Chukwu, popularly called “Chairman” in his playing days, is NOT a destitute old man abandoned to his fate in the face of an emergency health situation. He is currently the Director of Sports in the Rangers Management Corporation, a public service job that enables him to meet his basic health needs.
2. In the circumstance, Christian Chukwu is an employee of the Enugu State Government. This was one of the strategies that Rt. Hon. Dr. Ugwuanyi, the Governor of Chukwu’s home state of Enugu, designed to take care of sportsmen who had served the State or the nation in their youth.
3. When Chukwu’s health situation was brought to the attention of his employer – Rangers Management Corporation – he was rushed to one of the best medical facilities in Enugu where a team of five (5) specialists have been attending to him.
4. The management of Rangers Management Corporation immediately deposited N200,000 with this health facility to begin his treatment.
5. On hearing about his health condition, Gov. Ugwuanyi gave an additional N1.5million to the Commissioner for Youth and Sports to give to the family — in order to ensure that the football legend did not lack anything that the team of specialists may require to manage his condition.
6. The Governor has also given an additional N1million to the family when the doctors demanded for a further deposit, bringing the total amount disbursed by Gov. Ugwuanyi and the Rangers Management to the Chukwu family to N2.7million.
7. The total bill submitted to date by the hospital for Chukwu’s treatment is N2.7million.
8. To date, the doctors taking care of Chukwu have NOT released a medical report of his health condition to anyone, not even to the state government that has been picking up his bills. It is therefore curious how anyone without this information could have determined that (a) Christian Chukwu needs oversea medical care, and (b) the cost of this oversea care.
9. This point needs restating: the medical director of the Hospital is also as surprised as we are that someone in the USA who is not privy to a medical report on Chairman Chukwu’s condition can determine that (a) Chukwu needs a treatment abroad (b) the cost of such treatment, and (c) even without Chukwu or any member of his family asking for a second medical opinion or for treatment abroad.
10. Our intervention on this matter has become necessary to clear the air on the spate of misinformation, disinformation and outright mischief that otherwise well-intentioned commentators have continued to dish out, based on the misguided efforts of a friend of the football legend who is giving a false impression that Chukwu is a destitute old man, perhaps in a bid to whip up public sympathy that enables him meet his goal of raising money to help his friend.
11. The Enugu State government notes that the negative stories surrounding Chukwu’s condition originated from the desperation of his friend in the US who is falsely claiming in his appeal fund drive message that Chukwu has been “abandoned.”
12. Finally, if at any time the hospital doctors or the Chukwu family indicate that oversea treatment is required, the Enugu State Government will be notified and will respond appropriately.”