The outgoing president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has given his approval for the allocation of houses to the players of Nigeria’s senior national football team, who emerged victorious in the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations.
The promise of housing was initially made by the then military president of Nigeria, General Sani Abacha, but remained unfulfilled until his death in 1999. Subsequent governments also failed to honor this commitment.
In a recent statement, Sadiya Umar Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, shared the news during the commissioning of housing estates in Zamfara State, where she represented President Buhari. She emphasized the significance of the housing project, stating, “There is more to our message of change and improving the human condition in this Housing project, this provides us an opportunity to remember our Heroes, the fearless Super Eagles to whom our country made a promise to provide Housing for winning the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations which has remained unfulfilled.”
Farouq expressed her pride and privilege in redeeming the promise made to the patriotic Nigerians who represented the Super Eagles, even if it is belated. She announced, “On behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria, I feel proud and privileged to redeem the promise made to these patriotic Nigerians even if belatedly, I have approved allocation to redeemed outstanding allocations to 22 members of the Super Eagles at National Housing Estates located in their state of choice, and their keys and titled documents will be handed over to the commissioning of their state housing program.”
Finally, after years of waiting, the 22 members of the Super Eagles will receive the long-awaited houses in their preferred states as approved by President Buhari. This gesture symbolizes the fulfillment of a promise to the heroes who brought glory to Nigeria in the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations.