Monday, May 7, 2012

Rashidi Yekini's mother says her son had been suffering from mental illness since 2010

Bereaved mother of erstwhile Super Eagles forward Rashidi Yekini has spoken of the ordeal that eventually killed her son.

Yekini was confirmed dead in his hometown,Irra, Oyun local government in Kwara State on Friday after years of illness.

The mother of the deceased, Alhaja Sikiratu told that his son had been battling with mental illness since the year 2010.

The septuagenarian added that several attempts made to take care of the former Super Eagles' striker proved abortive as the deceased claimed he was mentally sound.

"We have been on the problem since 2010 and we tried our best but my son refused to be taken care of. When he came back, we asked him why he has done what he did but he replied by burning all his belongings. I lost my husband in 1978 and Rashidi has been with me since then," she added in tears.

Yekini is the all-time leading scorer for the Nigerian men's team with 37 goals. The Nigerian legend was buried in Islamic rites by 4.30pm (Nigerian time) yesterday in his hometown Irra, Kwara State.


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