Real Reason I Refused To Shake Hands With Gov Yusuf - Musa

Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa has spoken after a video surfaced on social media in which the football star appeared to refuse to shake hands with Kano Governor Abba Yusuf.

In the viral video, Musa was seen shaking hand with the Kano deputy governor, but when the governor Yusuf stretched out his hand to him, he did not shake him, but simply bowed in respect.

Musa was branded as disrespectful to the governor on social media, with some media platforms feasting on the issue.

But the Super Eagles captain took to his X handle on Tuesday, saying that it had come to his attention that a moment captured almost a month ago, had unexpectedly become the centre of attention on social media.

It’s 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.

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“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,” Musa said.

According to Musa, “It’s unfortunate that amidst all the pressing issues our nation faces – economic hardships, security challenges, religious clashes and more – this seemingly insignificant moment has garnered so much attention.

“Even national media outlets like ARISE TV have jumped on the bandwagon, diverting focus from issues that truly matter- highly disappointing I must say.”

He said what was even more disheartening were the comments questioning his respectfulness, especially from those who did not know him personally.

“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?

“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,’ he said.

Africa Today News, New York

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