Why I didn’t shake Kano governor’s hand – Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa

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Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa has defended himself over a controversial video clip showing him ignoring the Kano State Governor, Abba Yusuf, who wanted to shake him.

The obviously annoyed Musa described his action as a sign of cultural respect.

The video that went viral online on Monday showing him shaking hands with the Kano State deputy governor while ignoring Governor Abba Yusuf, although he bowed to the governor.

In a statement on Tuesday, Musa said, “It has come to my attention that on a moment captured almost a month ago has unexpectedly become the centre of attention on social media. It is disheartening to see a simple act of cultural respect blown out of proportion.”

He added, “In our Northern culture, the gesture of kneeling, shaking hands, etc. signifies the highest form of respect. This was my intention when I greeted the deputy governor in such a manner.

“However, when it came to greeting the governor, I chose to bow and not shake his hands, honouring him in a way that is deeply rooted in tradition.”

Musa expressed disappointment that the incident has garnered such widespread attention, even from national media outlets, diverting focus from more pressing matters facing the country.

“It’s unfortunate that amidst all the pressing issues our nation faces – economic hardships, security challenges, religious clashes, and more – this seemingly insignificant moment has garnered so much attention,” he added.

The former Leicester City striker further said, “What’s even more disheartening are the comments questioning my respectfulness, especially from those who don’t know me personally.

“…Let’s pause for a moment and reflect on where we choose to direct our energy. Shouldn’t it be towards finding solutions to the problems plaguing our society rather than getting caught up in needless distractions?

“I urge us all to channel our collective efforts towards addressing the real issues at hand. Let’s focus on uplifting one another, fostering unity and working towards a better future for all.”

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