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Stakeholders offer to help Oruma out of depression

Football stakeholders in Nigeria yesterday offered to give a helping hand to former Golden Eaglets World Cup winning captain and Super Eagles midfielder, Wilson Oruma, who suffered a relapse from a fatal depression that struck him six years ago.

The stakeholders led by the first Vice president of the Nigeria Football Federation, Alhaji Shehu Dikko, supported by the group administrator of the Family United by Sports platform, Godwin Enarkhena, has declared that, the way out to help Oruma is the option of ensuring a specialist treatment and therapy for the former Atlanta 96 Olympic gold medalist, the type that was given to another former junior international, Kassim Yebsaya, who also went into depression early 2000 after his career ended following a career wrecking injury in the Dutch League where he played professional football. After months of treatment, Yebsaya is now recuperating and ready to be reintegrated into the society.

Oruma went into depression in 2012 after he was duped by some fake businessmen introduced to him by a pentecostal church pastor in Aguda, Surulere, Lagos. He was so devastated and in bad shape that he started roaming the streets at Victoria Garden City where he built his house in Lagos.

He was soon taken to the same church where he was allegedly duped for treatment, but this didn’t work out as his condition didn’t improve where he was tied with a chain for close to one year. He was later taken to another spiritual church in Warri, from where he escaped to Lagos and continued roaming the streets in VGC. After some time, his condition improved after series of treatment supervised by his bosom friend, also an ex-footballer, Emakpor Dibofun. Oruma insisted on returning to Marseille, France, his base in Europe where his condition continued to improve.

This was from 2015 to 2016. But in early 2017, he suffered a relapse and was sent back to Lagos, and since then he has returned to the streets of VGC looking very bad with unkempt bushy beards, dirty tangled bushy hair and tattered slippers, holding a dirty black nylon bag.

Oruma, it was gathered, had never undergone any conventional psychiatric treatment in the last six years, since his two kid brothers, also former junior internationals, Andrew and Dominic, don’t believe he has any mental problem.

They have been shielding him from the public and spending millions of naira on court litigations against anybody that says Wilson was mentally unstable. The football stakeholders have articulated plans to meet with the Oruma family so as to commence conventional psychiatric treatment that is believed to salvage the Nigerian football legend.

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