Rashidi Yekini Buried


Grieving mother of the late ex-Super Eagles striker Rashidi Yekini has revealed that the late footballer was indeed battling mental illness.

Speaking with Supersport, Alhaja Sikiratu Yekini disclosed that her son had been battling mental illness since the year 2010 and that several attempts made to take care of him proved abortive as the deceased on many occasions claimed he was mentally sound.

We have been on the problem since 2010 and we tried our best but my son refused to be taken care of’, Yekini said.

When he came back, we asked him why he has done what he did but he replied by burning all his belongings. I lost my husband in 1978 and Rashidi has been with me since then’, she added.

The late Yekini was buried today according to Muslim rights in his hometown in Irra, Offa, Kwara State.

The burial ceremony was attended by his daughter Yemi Yekini Oyo State Commissioner of Sports, Dapo Lam Adesina, Mutiu Adepoju, Dimeji Lawal, Ajibade Babalade and a long list of other dignitaries.

The late iconic ex-Super Eagles footballer Rashidi Yekini has been buried in his hometown – Irra, Offa in Kwara State according to Muslim rights this evening Saturday, May 5, 2012.

Yekini passed away yesterday after a long period of uncertainty concerning the status of his mental health

According to our source Emmanuel Adepoju, who was in Offa for the burial, over 500 sympathisers were present including his daughter Yemi Yekini. The burial ceremony was presided over by the Chief Imam of Kwara State.

Others in attendance include the Oyo State Commissioner of Sports, Dapo Lam Adesina, Mutiu Adepoju, Dimeji Lawal, Ajibade Babalade and a long list of other dignitaries who stood at the graveside as the Imam gave a sermon.

The Royal Father of Irra, Oyewole Oyetoro gave his vote of thanks as sympathisers dispersed.

The footballer’s death has come as a shock to fans and colleagues who are still expressing sad feelings on social networks, TV and radio.

We’re told several state governments have already begun donating money to the Yekini family but sympathisers feel the donations should have been made much earlier when the famed striker was still alive.

The Kwara State government have also pledged a sum of N1.5m to the bereaved family.

No word yet on Cause of death.

Inspired by Net Ng

RIP YEKINI

 

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