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Ahmed Musa says he didn’t shake Kano governor’s hand ‘out of respect’

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Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa has defended himself following a social media uproar over viral video footage depicting his welcome gestures.

He framed his actions as a symbol of cultural respect while also advocating for a change in focus on the nation’s critical concerns.

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

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

Explaining the meaning of his motions, the footballer underlined the Northern culture’s deep-rooted traditions.

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“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,” he explained.

Ahmed Musa expressed disappointment that the incident had received such significant coverage, including from national media channels, diverting attention away from other critical issues confronting 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.

The former Leicester City striker said, “What’s even more disheartening are the comments questioning my respectfulness, especially from those who don’t know me personally.”

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Musa advised Nigerians to focus their efforts on finding answers to the country’s challenges rather than getting bogged down in unnecessary distractions.

“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,” he concluded.

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