Benson Ejindu, a US-based Nigerian sports philanthropist and bosom friend of Keshi, has disclosed that Stephen Keshi was warned about the “danger” of the Super Eagles job.
Benson, speaking in an interview with the Vanguard said he was still in shock over Keshi’s death.
He said: “It’s a big pity that our friend died just like that, his death almost sent some of us, his closed pals, to an early grave. When he was working 24hrs to get this Eagles job, we warned him of the danger in it but being a stubborn person he didn’t listen to us.
“Today he is no more, only God knows how he met his death. But I must confess to you that some of us that are very close to him are still down, we still feel that our friend is alive and not gone yet. He left us devastated, most especially with his kids now living as orphans.
“I have no apology to anybody to say that the problems in the Nigeria Football Federation contributed to his death. Yes, accepted he was already out of the service before the incident happened if Keshi had not be sacked by those pack of fools managing our sports, may be he would still be alive who knows. He was treated badly you know and I know that his spirit will continue to hurt those that are responsible for his death.
“Again I was made to understand that the Nigerian government did not play any meaningful role in his burial, you can see the kind of people managing the affairs of this great country called Nigeria. It is crazy to have a man that has served his father land with all his heart to be treated this way.
“These guys have no human feeling. Nigeria is not worth dying for, this is why some of our talented sports men and women go to other countries to better their career. This country is sick you know, we warned him to leave Nigeria football alone but he won’t listen, now that he is gone we just wish his soul eternal rest in the Lord.”