By AGENE Akhere in Benin
The late former Super Eagles coach Amodu Shuaibu was owed N25m in salaries, sign-on-fees and house rent by the government of Edo before he died Saturday.
This was contained in the last letter written by the former BCC Lion of Gboko coach and addressed to Governor Adams Oshiomhole and dated October 2015.
Governor Oshiomhole had said while commiserating with the late Shuaibu’s family that Nigeria owed the late coach a debt of gratitude.
A cousin to the late Shuaibu, Nkuri Afegbua, had said the former Super Eagles coach died of frustration.
Afegbua who granted an interview to Journalists at the Stella Obasanjo Hospital Mortuary where the remains of the former football tactician were kept before his movement to his hometown of Okpella for burial, said Shuaibu was being owed by both Edo and federal governments.
Afegbua said Shuaibu’s presence in Benin the week he died was to pursue the payment of the money being owed him by the government of Edo.
According to the letter by the Super eagles coach, the amount being owed him include N1m for outstanding sing-on-fees for 2013/2014 for consultant/technical adviser, N3 m for House rent for two years (2012-2014 and 2013-2014) at N1.5m per year.
The balance is N16m, representing payment for coaches and other supporting staff for the period of August 2014 – July 2015.
The decision of late Shuaibu to write the letter was based on the governor’s refusal to meet or discussed with him in spite of various entreaties he made to discuss the issue.
“Your general body language and attitude towards me in the last few months clearly indicates that there may have been some misconceptions/misrepresentations which you have not given me the opportunity to clear.
“Sir, I have made several efforts through telephone calls and text messages to you o enable me sort out any issues that may have been misconstrued, but to no avail. I also tried to reach you through your close subordinates, but got no response.
“The only option was to relinquish my appointment and walk away as I have always done in offices where I experienced similar treatment in the past. But this will amount to disrespect to your office and disregard to your care for me and my family when we most needed it.”
In the letter, Shuaibu had reminded the governor how he told him of similar appointment being offered him by the government of Ondo state, the same time he was approached by Oshiomhole, but chose his home state instead.
He also recalled that support he got from the governor in terms of accommodation, transportation as well as the necessary financial backup which enabled him to settle down for business quickly.
He said the programme was however suspended in the face of hardship being faced by the coaches and players owing to none payment of the side sum.
Shuaibu also expressed his frustration that his monthly salaries were stopped with effect from June 2015 for no justifiable reasons.
“This brought hardship to me and my family. Thanks for the understanding and practice of my landlord; I would have been thrown out of my rented apartment for failure to pay my house rent in the last two years.
“I have come to the sad conclusion of taking the part of honour by respectfully resigning my appointment as consultant/technical adviser of Football development Programme in Edo.
“Although technically, my appointment seen to have been terminated by the Accountant General by the stoppage of my monthly salaries since June 2015, this my official resignation takes a retrospective effect from September 30th, 2015,” Shuaibu stated in the letter