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Soldier questions non-recognition as Tinubu honors Super Eagles with gifts

soldier e1707913000312A Nigerian soldier, identified as Adie Paul, has criticized President Bola Tinubu’s decision to reward Super Eagles players with houses, plots of land, and national honors after they finished second in the recently-concluded African Cup of Nations.

He questioned the timing of such lavish gifts, especially when soldiers in the battlefield are not receiving similar recognition.

Paul, who sustained a bullet injury while serving in the North East, took to his X handle to express his frustration. His remarks came in response to a tweet by an X-user, drpenking, who commented, “Even Ahmed Musa, who didn’t play in AFCON, received a flat, land, and OON. Wonderful times.”

In response, the soldier shared a picture and expressed his dismay, stating, “Despite serving in the North East for over four years and being wounded in action, I have not received any recognition or medal from the Army or the Nigerian government.”

On Tuesday, Tinubu awarded the national honor of Member of the Order of the Niger to every member of the Super Eagles team that secured the silver medal at AFCON.

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