It was in the year 2001 in Kaduna, Nigeria. 11-year-old Victor had gone with his friends to play football in the central street of the town. When he got back, he found his house razed by rioters who had killed his parents. His parents were missionaries who had come to Kaduna from Lagos. He felt the world was coming to an end.
Nevertheless, his uncle took him to England, where he enrolled in a school. While in school, he harnessed his skill as a footballer and was signed up by Crystal Palace until 2007 when Wigan Athletic signed him. He had played for all junior levels in the English team and had hoped to break into the first team when Nigeria came calling.
He was wroth. He would never serve a nation who murdered his parents and did nothing about it. But as a Christian, he forgave and made his debut for Nigeria on October 13, 2012 at the U.J Esuene stadium, Calabar, Cross River State.
Everytime the national anthem is being played, he pledges his allegiance to a country that had terminated Mr and Mrs Joseph Moses’ lives.
Yet Victor Moses forgave. At just 26, he has 29 appearances and has scored 11 goals for Nigeria. He’s now doing great as a footballer with Chelsea FC of England and also a proud father. Wouldn’t you rather forgive? #HistoryVille
Credit: Ayomide Akinbode
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