Ahmed Musa clarifies refusal to shake hands with Kano governor

Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa, has clarified the controversy over his refusal to shake hands with Kano State Governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf as captured in a viral video.

In the video, Musa was seen to have shaken hands with Kano State Deputy Governor, Aminu Abdussalam Gwarzo but refused to do the same with Yusuf, instead he bowed his head.

“It has come to my attention that on a moment captured almost a month ago, has unexpectedly become the center of attention on social media,” stated Musa on X.

“It is disheartening to see a simple act of cultural respect blown out of proportion. 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, honoring him in a way that is deeply rooted in tradition.”

The attacker said it is unfortunate that amidst all the pressing issues Nigeria faces such as economic hardships, security challenges, religious clashes and more, an insignificant moment has garnered so much attention.

Musa lamented that even national media outlets like ARISE TV have jumped on the bandwagon, diverting focus from issues that truly matter to the nation.

“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?,” asked Musa.

“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. And with this, I rest my case.”

Musa is currently a free agent player following his decision to terminate his contract with Turkish Super Lig club, Sivasspor in February 2024.

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