By Segun Odegbami
It is important to see him and give Nigerians an update on his situation since he was flown to Lagos by the Old Students Association of St. Finbarr’s College, Lagos, led by their President, Mr. Patrick Doyle, and handed over to the Lagos State Government. .
For now, visitors are not allowed to see him without proper clearance.
However, Bestman (special Assistant to HE) and I, secure entry as emissaries of the Governor of Lagos State.
Yesterday, we were with the “Youngest Millionaire”, Henry Nwosu, MON, in his very special ward at the Teaching hospital. It is good news!
He is lying on his bed, clean shaven, toothpick between his teeth, a gentle smile playing on his bespectacled face.
He glances up from watching television, the match between Senegal and Ecuador, and in muffled voice, slightly louder than a whisper and gladly hails me in the old manner: “Segunda Fera”.
Now I know Henry Nwosu is back and on the road to recovery. We recall dome of our good old days in the national team. It is great to see smiles return to his face.
That’s the best way I can capture his current medical mood and exterior status. Henry Nwosu is on a slow and steady physical and psychological mend.
He is full of gratitude to so many people and organisations that have been wishing him well, have come to his support and are offering ‘open cheques’ to ensure he gets back to good health.
Beyond that, I urge all Nigerians to pray for Henry Nwosu. He still has some ways to go to be whole and hale again, and to get back on his feet.
After an hour, Henry actually manages to get up and walks us to the lifts, with his sisters in tow, as we say our goodbyes.
As we enter the lift, I notice that a gentle reassuring smile still lingers on his face.
For two weeks, we have been keeping close tab on his daily reports and sending word through Bestman, the Special Assistant deployed by the governor of Lagos State to ensure that Henry lacks absolutely nothing on his path to recovery, to the governor.
Henry Nwosu wànts me to specially thank the following: the CMD and staff of the Teaching hospital in Asaba; the Governor of Imo State; particularly, the governor of Delta State; the Old Boys Association of St. Finbarrs College, Akoka and their USA counterparts; the Femi Otedola Foundation; the Professional Footballers Association of Nigeria and other friends of football; the Chief Medical Director of LASUTH and his medical team; Globacom Communications; the Governor, Mr. Jide Sanwo-Olu, and people of Lagos State; and all the numerous persons that have been calling to wish him well.
That’s what I am doing now.