Nigeria fans have questioned Super Eagles’ stars for not joining the global trend of donating towards the battle against the coronavirus.
Argentine megastar, Lionel Messi, donated €1m to Barcelona hospital, while Christiano Ronaldo and his agent Jorge Mendes gave €1m to hospitals in Portugal. AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic also donated €100,000 and set up a GoFundMe account to raise money.
The trio are amongst a long list of sports stars who have contributed financially to fight the virus.
Back home in Nigeria, individuals and groups have also started making donations towards the fight against the pandemic.
Top financial institutions in Nigeria gave N1bn each to the cause, while also providing facilities for isolation centres.
According to Tosin Adesina, the action of the players showed a lack of patriotism on their part.
“We are battling a pandemic and irrespective of how rich the government is, it needs support from external people. We have seen how Dangote and a lot of other people have trooped in to support the government, including religious organisations. These footballers were given the leverage to be where they are now by Nigeria to move to their clubs and they fly Nigeria’s flag every now and then, so, they need to give back to their country,” he told The PUNCH.
His view was reechoed by Dare Adewumi, who said, “It’s never too late to do so because we’re just facing the reality of this deadly virus here.
“Secondly, it’s not by force, but by choice, showing interest in another person’s well-being. Ighalo gave out N5,000 to 10 fans last week but can’t say if it’s a daily thing or one off. If they eventually make donations we’ll thank them and if not, nothing against them.”