Nigeria’s most capped player, Vincent Enyeama says he is “bleeding inside” because of the recent total lockdown in most parts of the country due to the outbreak of the coronavirus virus pandemic.
Speaking in an interview with 2018 Nigeria Sports Journalist of the year (Radio), George Essien on Comfort 95.1fm, Enyeama says over 1 million people are reaching out to him for help because of the lockdown, which has affected the masses.
Enyeama said: “I am bleeding inside, the number of calls I receive from Whatsapp, Facebook, and other channels make me sad because I understand how difficult it is for the people.
“The people who are requesting for help from me are up to a million. I started receiving some requests but after a week, it has skyrocketed to 1 million.”
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While urging citizens to follow government directives, Enyeama said it is time we sit back and rethink our priorities as a nation.
“We have to sit back and rethink, put all our energies together and help our country. All of us are the problem because we (citizens) are the ones who will fight during the elections, killing our brothers for politicians.
“It is time to learn our lessons, if we cannot learn the lessons at this time, then sorry.
“We cannot have all the resources in Nigeria and still import things. As a country, Nigeria can generate her own light and supply to all the citizens.
“We need to work on our health system, insurance policies, invest in ourselves and try to resurrect some dead companies. Nigeria must stop importing goods from abroad because we have people that can help produce these things.”
The two time CAF Champions League winner says coronavirus has come to stay with humanity.
“Coronavirus has come to stay with humanity; it is not the time to start apportioning blames. Our leaders must work on healthcare in the country. We cannot keep buying generators when we have all the resources to generate electricity and supply to citizens 24 hours.”
The goalkeeper is currently in Lille, France, without a club but said former Olympic Marseille President, Pape Diop who lost his life to the coronavirus last week, nearly signed him to Marseille after leaving Enyimba in 2005.
“Diop wanted to sign me to Marseille but instead the club opted for Steve Mandanda because he is French and I went to Israel instead with Bnei Yehuda.”