Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has rescued 50 Nigerian
football fans, who were stranded in Moscow, Russia at the on-going
2018 FIFA World Cup.
Before Ambode’s intervention, officials of Nigeria Football Federation
(NFF) were aware that over 50 Nigerians were stranded, but could
not come to their assistance.
An eyewitness, Nnamdi Odimegwu disclosed this in a social media
post noting that over 50 Nigerians found it difficult returning home
because they did not have return air tickets. Odimegwu, however,
said succour came their way when Ambode, who is a member of the
federal government delegation to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, met
them at the airport.
According to him, this is not a political campaign for him, but just
appreciating a good and kind gesture by one of our noble Politicians
The post read in part:
“I had a pick-up arrangement today at the airport in
Moscow and had a rare privilege of meeting the Governor
of Lagos State, the most populous and commercial Hub of
Nigeria. “I quickly introduced myself while I waited for my
pick-up arrangement to come out.
We had a small chat and exchanged knowledge and
wisdom while I waited. “He bade me farewell as his pick-
up arrangement had arrived. After a few minutes, my pick-
up arrived as well. So, we set out to the car park. As soon
as we came out of the airport, I saw a crowd of over 50
Nigerians who had been stranded at the airport for
between 10 and 15 days now.
In their middle was this same man, Ambode. As soon as
he sighted me, he quickly called my attention to assist. It
was a pathetic state and a lot of words both pleasant and
unpleasant were being exchanged.
“Then, Ambode did
something that amazed me.
He showed solidarity and quickly pledged to send all 50
stranded Nigerians home and assigned me to oversee the
transfers and procurement of new tickets to send them
home.” He confirmed that 19 out of this 50 “are already on
air to Lagos Nigeria. The remaining 31 are leaving this
evening. Ambode also fed them all as he gave them cash
to eat while they waited for their tickets to fly home.