OYOGist.com has learned that the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has set the mother of the late iconic Super Eagles striker, Rashidi Yekini, Alhaja Sikiratu, on a month to month payment of N10,000.
NAN reports that Olaitan Shittu, a delegate of the Minister, Sunday Dare, revealed this at Ijagbo, close Offa in Kwara State on Wednesday. He also presented Ramadan gifts to the aged mother of the late striker, which includes a 50 kg sack of rice, 10 kg pack of wheat and six tins of drink to her.
Shittu also revealed that the Minister had earlier paid the aged mother of the late Yekini a visit in September, 2019. He also assured that this goodwill would likewise be given to the mother of late Super Eagles player, Samuel Okwaraji, who left this world August 12, 1989.
Reacting, Alhaja Yekini, who spoke in Yoruba, stated: “I have been abandoned for a long time and have not seen any help from anyone.
“I was hospitalised for a few days some months ago and last month. I did cater for myself despite scarce resources. I need help from Nigerians.
“This minister has done very well, especially remembering me in this holy month of Ramadan. Since my son died, it has been very tough for me because I do not have any help from people”.
“Rashidi’s siblings are not doing well too, so I was left to struggle for life every day,” said the mother of the player who died May 4, 2012, in Ibadan. It would be recalled that the late Rashidi Yekini scored 37 goals for the super eagles from 58 games wining many laurels in the process.