Ezeugo, ex internationals to march for peace

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Former Super Eagles midfielder, Emeka Ezeugo is planning a peace march in Aba, a city in Abia state ravaged by crime especially kidnapping.

Ezeugo who himself was born in Aba told naijafootball247.blogspot.com that he has been saddened at the way Aba has turned out.

“I grew up in this town and so did a lot of footballers both at home and abroad and we are not happy the place has turned into a den of kidnappers and so we decided to march round the town and preach peace,” Ezeugo said.

The march will hold on Tuesday, October 19th 2010 as the ex internationals march in what they call, United against Violent Crimes in Aba.

“We want to use the force of football to unite our people against violence and kidnapping. For a long time banks, markets and schools have been shut down because of this violence and it’s a shame.”

He says he will be supported by about fifty ex- footballers who have represented Nigeria before at the World Cup, Olympic Games, Africa Cup of Nations and youth tournaments.

“Already we have Okechukwu Uche (US 94 and France 98), Ben Iroha (US 94), Chidi Nwanu (US 94), Mike Emenalo (US 94) and Emeka Ifejiagwa amongst others will join us for the march.

“Also players still active like Emeka Nwana, the whole Enyimba team and players from Heartland and Rangers will join us.

“We want peace in Aba and we believe we are all stakeholders and bring about that change,” Ezeugo said.

Aba has been a den of kidnappers in the last few years but got real media attention first when some journalists were kidnapped and again last month when a bus load of school children was taken away.

The Nigerian army moved into the town and have occupied Aba for at least two weeks now.
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