Why I refused to shake Kano gov’s hands – Ahmed Musa

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Amid a social media storm surrounding a controversial video clip showing his greeting gestures, Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa has defended himself.

He described his action as a sign of cultural respect while calling for a shift in attention towards the pressing issues facing the nation.

Musa’s remarks follow a video that went viral online on Monday showing him shaking hands with the Kano State deputy governor while seemingly ignoring Governor Abba Yusuf, although he was bowing to him.

However, reacting in a statement on Tuesday, Musa said, “It has come to my attention that on a moment captured almost a month ago, has unexpectedly become the centre of attention on social media. It is disheartening to see a simple act of cultural respect blown out of proportion.”

Explaining the significance behind his gestures, the footballer emphasised the deep-rooted traditions of the Northern culture.

“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, honouring him in a way that is deeply rooted in tradition,” he explained.

Ahmed Musa expressed disappointment that the incident has garnered such widespread attention, even from national media outlets, diverting focus from more pressing matters facing the country.

“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,” he lamented. Punch


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