Former Super Eagles midfielder Wilson Oruma says he is hale and hearty, in an apparent response to some viral pictures painting a gory picture of his current state, www.aclsports.com reports.
Oruma who represented Nigeria at the U17 and Senior FIFA World Cup tournaments during his playing career has had a turbulent past few years after reports of him being defrauded a huge amount of money caused him mental damage.
The picture which went viral across multiple social media platforms last week depicted Oruma as being bed-ridden and receiving critical medical attention without specifically mentioning what the problem was.
This is Wilson Oruma and this is what his pastor turned him into because his pastor DUPED him of N2B and he guy went mentally beserk— 🦅 ℙ𝕒𝕤𝕥𝕠𝕣 𝕆𝕜𝕖𝕫𝕚𝕖 𝕁 𝔸𝕥𝕒ñ𝕚 🦅 (@StFreakingKezy) April 30, 2023
May The Lord Give Him The Best Of Healings .🙏 pic.twitter.com/twFx4a6uoO
Oruma’s younger sibling, Dominic, himself a former Nigeria junior international, in an attempt to clarify the situation conducted a mini-interview session with his brother on Tuesday during which Oruma spoke of his good health.
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“Thank you for the love and the support you’ve shown to me, so much love you’ve shown to me and my family. I’m healthy and sound, thank you so much.
“I never knew you people loved me so much. As you can see, I am well and healthy. So I make this video today the 2nd of May, just to tell everyone I’m good and appreciate them so much,” said Oruma in the minute-long video.
Former Super Eagles star Wilson Oruma says he is doing FINE!— Fisayo Dairo (@FisayoDairo) May 2, 2023
He tries to address people's concerns after some post went viral last week claiming he was bed-ridden in ill health.
Christian Obodo (in a voice note yesterday) angrily dismissed the viral stuff, now watch ORUMA! pic.twitter.com/sXeSC9z93a
Earlier on Monday, former Super Eagles midfielder Christian Obodo had vehemently denounced the viral pictures in a Voice Note made available to www.aclsports.com declaring that they were pictures from four, five years ago.
“I am not happy at all with the posts, we’re talking about Wilson Oruma here, before such stuff can be posted, it has to be verified. I am saying this with pain. We should not be posting stuff like that, before you post anything, you need to be sure,” Obodo said.
Oruma was captain of the Nigeria Under 17 side that won the FIFA U17 World Championship in Japan in 1993, scoring in the semi final and final matches.
He also scored Nigeria’s only goal in the Super Eagles’ 1-3 loss to Paraguay in their final group game at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France.