This is the story of a young boy whose parents were murdered during 2002 riots in Kaduna. He was aged 11 years at the time. His parents, Mr Austine and Mrs Josephine Moses, were missionaries until they met their untimely death. The boy left his house to play football but returned home to see that all his parents had laboured for had been razed down and he would never see his mother and father again.
He was taken to
London by his uncle almost immediately after the incident. While in
London, he began deploying his football skills. Though his parents were
murdered, his passion for football was never killed. He played football
for his school and later for a local Tandrige League club until Crystal
Palace FC approached him. From that point, his career progressed in
leaps and bounds.
This player played for England's under 16, 17, 19
and 21 teams between 2005 and 2010 scoring 11 goals for England during
this period. He later moved to Wigan Athletic and now he plays for
Chelsea. This footballer is called VICTOR MOSES.
His story is a
touching one, I share his pains. I also share his courage. He had a
choice not to step into Nigeria again but he didn't take that option.
When the call to serve his fatherland came, Moses dumped England and
embraced Nigeria... That is patriotism!
Today, we see a Victor Moses
bringing joy to every Nigerian including those who may have inspired his
parent's death... That is Love!
Moses would stand for the
National Anthem and pledge allegiance to a country that couldn't defend
his parents... That is faith!
Moses with others deliverered the "African Cup
of Nations" trophy to Nigeria not minding what had happened in the
past... That is forgiveness!
Moses rose through bitterness and despair
to the limelight of hope and courage.
He never gave up on his country. He persevered... That is purpose!
If someone like Victor Moses, despite the bitter past, never gave up on Nigeria, then why should we....! ONE NIGERIA
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