●Help Should Come Fast & From All Angles
The very pathetic news of the relapse of the mental illness suffered years ago by former Super Eagles attacking midfielder, Wilson Oruma came as a rude shock to many today.
Pictures they say tell stories. The pictures accompanying the story speak volume of how life could just turn a once happy and bubbling man into something unimaginable. I know that there are several ex-internationals out there going through similar problems. Indeed not every ex-international is lucky to be hale, hearty and happy after quitting or retirement. Many are living miserable life and dying in silence.
Most of them are suffering from psychological issues ranging from dropping from grace to grass due to poor mismanagement of their resources while actively playing to inexplicable ailment. Recall the story of Rashidi Yekini and how he passed on. It has a near semblance of what Oruma is passing through even of both cases didn’t emanate from same source. Again, one remembers Uche Okafor who committed suicide in the United States few years ago. I know that some ex-internationals for one problem or the other had visited clerics and deliverance grounds like Prophet T.B Joshua’s Synagogue Church of All Nations, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka’s Adoration Ministry Enugu among several other clerics. One can only pray that Wilson Oruma gets help fast before his situation degenerates. It is nice to hear that his former teammates in the national team have been contacted to help but I must say help should not be limited to his ex teammates.
I learnt the NFF President, Pinnick Melvin Amaju’s home in Warri is not too far from the Orumas, more so, Austin Okocha who holds a key position in Delta State Football Association and was Oruma’s teammate at Mali 2002 AFCON should be able to mobilize support and assistance for Wilson Oruma. It is normal for one to even wonder why Amaju and Okocha are not in the know of Oruma’s case. Perhaps they have been quietly helping out too before the situation got to this ugly stage. Uche Okafor who committed suicide in the United States.
Sadly, most of the stories and situations of these ex-internationals become public knowledge when things had gone terribly bad. Most times, their families try to keep the situation away from public knowledge for shame or to prevent being seen as begging to salvage the situation of the person involved. But it should not be so. It takes the man standing to pull up the man on the ground.
We sadly remember Kelechi Emetoele’s case. Just recently Raymond King passed on after battling stroke. May God continue to protect our ex-internationals who in the course of their careers break bones and spill blood to bring honour and glory to Nigeria. May God in His infinite mercy deliver and heal Wilson Oruma and others facing similar fate and condition.