25 years after the promise was made to provide a house for Clemence Westerhof, the Technical Adviser that led the Super Eagles to victory in the 1994 African Nations Cup competition, the federal government, on Monday fulfilled it.
Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, said many promises were made in moment of euphoria and elation, one of which was the allocation of a house which was never redeemed since 1994.
He said that Johannes Bonfrere, better known as Bonfere Jo, was also promised a house for leading the Super Eagles to the first Olympic football gold medal in 1996, but the promise was forgotten, until it was redeemed by Buhari’s government in 2018, after 24 years.
“It was the public announcement of that redemption that brought to light, the commitment to redeem the promise made to Westerhof because immediately we became aware, we set out to work in the ministry.
This is more than a house, it symbolises the commitment of the Buhari administration to right yesterday’s wrongs, redress yesterday’s injustices and bring Nigerians together,” he said.
Mr Fashola urged the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to document the promises made by government to identify those that have been fulfilled and those yet to be fulfilled.