Hugo Chavez comes alive in Abuja celebration
*He was a leader who schooled us on the development of Africa, Latin America –Cuban Ambassador
*School children from Nasarawa got gifts to be better leaders
By Olajide Fashikun
Cuban Ambassador to Nigeria, Carlos Trejo Sosa, has described the late Venezuelan leader, Hugo Chavez, as one leader who developed a legacy of training for the future of the Latin American region and Africa which we all see as the source of culture from our homeland.
Ambassador Sosa who described Nigeria as the melting pot of our civilisation said, “Hugo was a good friend of the man who made the Cuban nation a world leader, Fidel Castro. Both men ironically loves sports, youths and the values of leadership. The legacies these leaders left behind has remained the pillar we have been following.”
Host, Miguelangel Della Vecchia, said, “this celebration is a way of always remembering the good leadership we enjoyed in Venezuela from our great mentor, Hugo Chavez. As far as we are concerned, he did not die, he only went on transition. For instance, children of the Hugo Chavez school in Nasarawa state who got bags of school equipment were meant to be supported as less privileged children in Africa.
The Hugo Chavez school was built in 2013 from scratch as part of the measures we have chosen to leave indelible marks in the lives of children who are less privileged. We have chosen Nasarawa state as a pilot.
Four teams played in the futsal (five-a-side football) championship which was won by the Samba team that dealt a 3-1 blow on the Venezuelan team in the final match. The third place match was between the All Stars team that lost to the Young Boys who won on penalty 3-4.
Some of the guests who graced the occasion include three sports brands, coach Dauda Adeka the U-17 national team gaffer, his FCT counterpart, coach Emmanuel Odeh and five-time Olympian and two bronze medallist, Chief Mary Onyali.
Others include Senator Mike Nwosu, Plateau state Liaison officer Pius Yensin, Emeka Mbanneme of Ellis and Tindy, Bala Umaru of Fidelity Bank Abuja.
Some of the members of the diplomatic community present include Ambassadors from Cuba (Carlos Trejo), Jamaican (Ann Scott), Garth A. Lamsee (Trinidad and Tobago), Jaime Campos (Ecuador).
Igwe (Dr) A. I. Ofuebe, the Ogidiga Ifite Ogwari, the former Deputy Chairman of the Anambra State Council of Traditional Rulers said, “it is an honour to be here to celebrate the legacies that President Hugo Chavez left for us. He is such a leader that the people believe in and will do everything for him. See the young children who exhibited their latent skills in the football event. I wish a corporate organisation will be able to set up a league where these boys can work to earn more money while marketing the skills they have.”