AFCON 2023 Viewers’ Deaths: Shehu Sani Shares Tips With Wives on What to Do to Save Husbands’ Lives
- Former Kaduna senator, Shehu Sani, has reacted to reports of five Nigerians dying while watching the Super Eagles’ AFCON 2023 semifinal match against South Africa
- Legit.ng reports that while several people died while watching the match on television, a billionaire reportedly passed away in Ivory Coast
- Multiple reports noted continental deaths attributed to cardiac arrest or other unexplained sudden death while watching (or shortly after viewing) the Nigeria versus South Africa AFCON 2023 match
Legit.ng journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 9 years of experience covering sports and football.
Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire – Ahead of the final of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023, Shehu Sani, a former federal lawmaker from Kaduna state, north west zone, has asked wives to closely observe their football-loving husbands.
Sani’s advice comes after at least five Nigerians died watching the Nigeria-South Africa AFCON 2023 semifinal match.
AFCON 2023: Nigerian fans’ deaths dominate discourse
The AFCON 2023-related deaths triggered concerns among Nigerians, especially on social media.
Legit.ng reports that the deceased include Cairo Ojougboh, a former member of the house of representatives who represented Ika federal constituency of Delta state; Samuel, a serving member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC); and Ayuba Abdullahi, the deputy bursar of Kwara State University (KWASU).
A sales representative in Ogun state, Mikail Osundiji, was also reported to have died during the tension-soaked AFCON 2023 fixture.
Furthermore, unconfirmed reports stated that Anambra-born billionaire, Chief Osondu Nwoye, who resides in Ivory Coast, breathed his last while watching the AFCON last-four match on Wednesday, February 7.
Commenting on the sad development, Sani wrote on his verified X (formerly Twitter) handle on Friday, February 9:
“If your husband loves watching Football on live TV and you are doubtful about his health status, just go the power meter and switch off and don’t forget to sabotage the generator.”
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Tinubu to storm Ivory Coast for AFCON final
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and 22 Nigerian governors will reportedly travel to Ivory Coast to watch the Super Eagles take on Côte d’Ivoire in the AFCON 2023 final.