DIRECTOR of Sports in the Rangers Management Corporation, Christian Chukwu who has been suffering from an undisclosed health condition is alledged to have been abandoned by the Enugu State government according to speculations in the media, there were reports that some of his friends donated money for his medical treatment
To this end, the State’s Commissioner for Information, Ogbuagu Anikwe played down such allegations in a press statement , Hon Anikwe said Christian Chukwu is an employee of the Enugu State government. “This was one of the strategies that. Dr. Ugwuanyi, Governor of Chukwu’s home state of Enugu, designed to take care of sportsmen who had served the state or the nation in their youth.”
He said, “When Chukwu’s health situation was brought to the attention of his employer – Rangers Management Corporation – he was rushed to one of the best medical facilities in Enugu where a team of five (5) specialists have been attending to him”.
According to him, the management of Rangers Management Corporation immediately deposited N200,000 with this health facility to begin his treatment. He added that, ” On hearing about his health condition, the governor gave an additional N1.5million to the Commissioner for Youth and Sports to give to the family — in order to ensure that the football legend did not lack anything that the team of specialists may require to manage his condition.”
He said the governor has also given an additional N1million to the family when the doctors demanded for a further deposit, bringing the total amount disbursed by the governor and the Rangers Management to the Chukwu family to N2.7million. “The total bill submitted to date by the hospital for Chukwu’s treatment is N2.7million”, he said.
Anikwe disclosed that to date, the doctors taking care of former Rangers and Green Eagles captain have not released a medical report of his health condition to anyone, not even to the state government that has been picking up his bills.” It is therefore curious how anyone without this information could have determined that Christian Chukwu needs oversea medical care, and the cost of this oversea care.”, Anikwe noted.
“This point needs restating: the medical director of the Hospital is also as surprised as we are that someone in the USA who is not privy to a medical report on Chairman Chukwu’s condition can determine that Chukwu needs a treatment abroa, the cost of such treatment, and even without Chukwu or any member of his family asking for a second medical opinion or for treatment abroad.”
The commissioner emphasised that their “intervention on this matter has become necessary to clear the air on the spate of misinformation, disinformation and outright mischief that otherwise well-intentioned commentators have continued to dish out, based on the misguided efforts of a friend of the football legend who is giving a false impression that Chukwu is a destitute old man, perhaps in a bid to whip up public sympathy that enables him meet his goal of raising money to help his friend.”
He stressed that the negative stories surrounding Chukwu’s condition originated from the desperation of his friend in the US who is falsely claiming in his appeal fund drive message that Chukwu has been “abandoned.”
He assured that “if at any time the hospital doctors or the Chukwu family indicate that oversea treatment is required, the State government will be notified and will respond appropriately.