Nigeria’s soccer legend Christian Chukwu is alive, Vanguard reports.
Oasis Magazine (OM) early Sunday reported his rumoured death relying on a publication on THESTREETJOURNAL.ORG that authoritatively said Chukwu died on Saturday.
OM gathered that on Saturday was the same day that he spoke with the Saturday editor, Vanguard Newspaper, Onochie Anibeze who was then unaware of the rumour.
Anibeze said Chukwu was full of life and cracked many jokes during their chat.
He said Chukwu was elated by the birthday messages from President Muhammadu Buhari and the galaxy of football stars who paid him tribute on Segun Odegbami’s programme on NTA, The Parliament.
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Abadi Pele, Anthony Bafoe, Yaya Toure, Godwin Odiye and Jay Jay Okocha were among Africa’s football stars who congratulated him on his 70th birthday Thursday night.
Anibeze also spoke with Chukwu, today, Sunday, January 10 said Chukwu was embarrassed by the rumour.
He quoted Chukwu as saying that his phone has not stopped ringing since Saturday night.
This is a short note to retract our earlier report saying that Chukwu had died. We apologise for the embarrassing report as it turned out to be fake news.
To our readers, we promise to avoid such next time. Kindly disregard our earlier report.
To the revered Christian Chukwu please accept our apologies…we join others to wish you a happy 70th birthday and many fruitful years to come.
Daniel Dafe Umukoro, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief
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