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Rashidi Yekini’s Daughter: “My Dad Wasn’t Mentally Challenged Before His Death”

Omoyemi is one of the daughters of the late Super Eagles striker, Rashidi Yekini. She talks to MOTUNRAYO JOEL about her father’s life and career;

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Tell us about yourself.

I am a 200 level English undergraduate student of the University of Ilorin, Kwara State. I had my primary and secondary education in Osun State.

How was it growing up with your father, the late Rashidi Yekini?

It was spectacular; I always tell whoever cares to listen that he was the best dad. I could not have asked God for a better dad.

There are several rumours following your father’s death. What would you want Nigerians to know about how he died?

A section of the media publishes some things that are untrue. But what I want is for the dead to rest; rumours and stories won’t bring back my dad. What matters to me is how he is remembered, not how he died. I know it matters for us to know how he died, but he is dead. We should remember him in the best way we can and move on with our lives. However, I want Nigerians to know that my father was never mentally challenged prior to his death.

Do you think his friends neglected him during his last days?

I never knew him to have a lot of friends. I only knew someone we call ‘uncle Tobi and two other persons. But he wasn’t very close to them. I don’t think they neglected him, but I feel maybe when they should have checked up on him, they didn’t. It means a lot for people to check up on you and show that they care about you.

There are also reports that he lived alone prior to his death, why was this so?

He liked to be alone; he didn’t have problems living with people though. He had a reserved nature; he loved to have his space to himself. He wasn’t a socialite.

When you read all that was written about your father after his death, how do you feel?

I don’t even think about them, I know all that was written about him was a lie and they were irrelevant. I know who my father was; I don’t believe the false reports written about him.

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