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Buhari’s Illness: The Christiano Ronaldo Lesson ―By Akib Abiola


Three years ago when I wrote that intelligence report showed that Buhari has cancer and even advised him in an open letter not to run for President, I was cursed and chastised. Today the unity of our country is being threatened due to his ailing health.

A lesson about life that I will urge most if not all Nigerians to emulate. Because most Nigerians would have called Alberto a mumu…stupid, idiot even worst. My Yoruba people or Igbo would have called him a mad man cursed by his step mothers. 

This is also a lesson for President Buhari to emulate. 


When he received one of his awards recently, Ronaldo dedicated it to a certain … Alberto Fantrau. Then said: “Yes I am a great footballer and all my success is thanks to my friend Alberto”

People looked at each other and said, “Who is this Mr. Fantrau?” 

Then Ronaldo went on: “We played together in a youth team. When Sporting of Lisbon recruiters came to observe us, they told us that the striker who scored the most goals will be recruited into the sports academy.

That day we won 3-0. I scored the first goal and then Albert scored the 2nd with the head. And then the 3rd goal was the one that impressed everyone. 

Alberto started from the wing, then found himself face to face with the keeper, dribbled the goalkeeper and all he had to do was push the ball into the empty goal. 

In the meantime I was running to his side. And instead of shooting into the empty goal, Alberto decided to pass the ball to me and I scored. This is how I find myself at the Sporting Lisbon Academy. 

After the game I went to him, and asked him “why did you do that?” And he replied, “Because I know that you are better than I.”

Curious to know more, the journalists began to investigate and were able to meet this Alberto Fantrau to ask him if the story told by Ronaldo is true, and he confirmed it.

He added that his career as a footballer ended after this match as it was the only opportunity to become professional and since that time he has remained unemployed.

However, journalists, observing his luxurious house and his Mercedes parked in the garage asked Alberto “but being unemployed how could you have such a house and car and living so luxuriously?

You seem rather comfortable physically ” Alberto’s answer: “All that? … is Ronaldo 

Moral of this story:

Let us ask ourselves the following question: How many of us have ever done something like Ronaldo and Alberto? 

On the contrary, many of us show the opposite of this story showing selfishness and ingratitude to their mates.

Friends! Let’s help each other so that we are proud of the success of our brothers / sisters / friends / relatives

And when we help a person succeed, the latter must never forget those who contributed to this success in his life.

And above all, we should never forget that God is watching and judging us.

I can perfectly relate to this story. I was on my way to Howard University for my PhD in Economics when my brother arrived from Nigeria. 

Since I could not leave him alone in Michigan winter cold weather without any relatives or friends. I decided to jettisoned my dream and stay in Michigan so that he could acclimatized to his new environment. 

Despite the sacrifices and the fact that I was the one who paid for him to come to America, paid for his secondary education and gave him the documents needed so that he won’t be deported since he came on a visitor’s visa, he has never once in his life say thank you but spent all his life trying to undermined me.

I also once helped a foremost Nigerian politician to get an asylum visa to the US after being deported at the airport twice. He too never once showed any appreciation or assistance towards him politically or financially. 

Despite these bad experiences, I have never stopped helping others. Perhaps this may be why God has blessed me tremendously in many ways. 

We must learn to be selfless and pull others up even when at the moment it may appear to be to our detriment.

After all, if God is selfish, he won’t have made us in his image!

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