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Football in honour of former Venezuelan leader, Hugo Chavez, holds in Abuja

*Celebrating the leadership values of a worthy father of the nation

Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela’s embassy in Nigeria will on Saturday in Abuja, the nation’s capital, celebrate the 4th Hugo Chavez football tourney in honour of the former President of the country.

The match which will take place at the M & W Football pitch inside the Maitama Garden in Abuja will also be followed on the 5th March with a celebration of the birthday of the Ambassador, Miguelangel Della Vecchia.

Chávez holds a miniature copy of the 1999 Venezuelan Constitution at the 2003 World Social Forum held in Brazil

Ambassador Vecchia said of the late President, “he is one wonderful leader whose leadership is well ingrained. It is because of his exemplary nature we had to build and name the studio in the Embassy after him. He is loved by the people and he also passionately loves them.”

President Chavez eliminated illiteracy in our nation. When the people come on the streets because of him, every inch of space is filled even when the rain is falling, people will defy the rains to show him love. It is these values we celebrate to put together this football tourney to celebrate his life every year.”

Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías (28 July 1954 – 5th March 2013) was a Venezuelan politician who served as the 64th President of Venezuela from 1999 to 2013. He was also leader of the Fifth Republic Movement from its foundation in 1997 until 2007, when it merged with several other parties to form the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), which he led until 2012.

The people troop out to welcome Hugo Chavez when he was alive

Born into a working-class family in Sabaneta, Barinas, Chávez became a career military officer and after becoming dissatisfied with the Venezuelan political system based on the Punto Fijo Pact, he founded the clandestine Revolutionary Bolivarian Movement-200 (MBR-200) in the early 1980s. Chávez led the MBR-200 in an unsuccessful coup d’état against the Democratic Action government of President Carlos Andrés Pérez in 1992, for which he was imprisoned.

Released from prison after two years, he founded a political party known as the Fifth Republic Movement and was elected president of Venezuela in 1998. He was re-elected in 2000 and again in 2006 with over 60% of the votes. After winning his fourth term as president in the October 2012 presidential election, he was to be sworn in on 10 January 2013, but Venezuela’s National Assembly postponed the inauguration to allow him time to recover from medical treatment

Chávez…a leader celebrated in death with a football game yearly in Abuja

in Cuba. Suffering a return of the cancer originally diagnosed in June 2011, Chávez died in Caracas on 5th March 2013 at the age of 58.

Internationally, Chávez aligned himself with the Marxist–Leninist governments of Fidel and then Raúl Castro in Cuba, and the socialist governments of Evo Morales (Bolivia), Rafael Correa (Ecuador), and Daniel Ortega (Nicaragua).

His presidency was seen as a part of the socialist “pink tide” sweeping Latin America. Chávez described his policies as anti-imperialist, being a prominent adversary of the United States’s foreign policy as well as a vocal critic of US-supported neo-liberalism and laissez-faire capitalism.

He described himself as a Marxist. He supported Latin American and Caribbean cooperation and was instrumental in setting up the pan-regional Union of South American Nations, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas, the Bank of the South, and the regional television network TeleSUR. Chavez’s ideas, programs, and style form the basis of “Chavismo”, a political ideology closely associated with Bolivarianism and socialism of the 21st Century.

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