With AFCON 2023 going on in Ivory Coast, Ahmed Musa cannot keep his mind away from what is happening back home in Nigeria.
Despite the Super Eagles qualifying for the knockout stage of AFCON 2023, where they will face off with arch-rival Cameroon, the captain of the Nigerian national team who dreams of winning AFCON 2023 is not a happy man.
Ahmed Musa is well abreast of what is happening in Plateau State (North Central of Nigeria). The situation has given him no rest and divided his focus.
There is tension in parts of Plateau state where Muslim militia have been wreaking havoc on the Christian populace, and it does not sit well with Ahmed Musa, who is also a Muslim. The Sivasspor forward has called for peace to return to the once peaceful state.
Ahmed Musa asks that peace be given a chance in Plateau State
On December 24 2023, there was an attack in Bokkos by suspected Muslim Fulani militia that claimed almost 200 lives.
The attack has unsettled the region, with several other attacks taking place. The latest attack happened in Mangu, Plateau State, where several Christians lost their lives.
Social media has been awash with the gory details of the attack, with many calling out the deadly actions of the Fulani militia behind the attacks.
Ahmed Musa, who asked Nigerians to support the Super Eagles has added his voice to the growing calls for action to restore peace in Plateau State. On his X handle, the former Leicester City striker made a passionate plea to all involved to give peace a chance.
According to the Super Eagles captain, the state is hurting, and something needs to be done to bring back and restore peace to the state.
💔🙏 A Heartfelt Plea for Peace in Plateau 💔😭
Dear Plateau Family and Nigerians as a whole,
Our state is hurting, and we need to come together. The fights, the killings– it's too much. We are all one big family, no matter our religion. Most families in Plateau have both… pic.twitter.com/CBl25Jj6V4
— Ahmed Musa MON (@Ahmedmusa718) January 25, 2024
In his post, he said, “Our state is hurting, and we need to come together. The fights, the killings, it's too much. We are all one big family, no matter our religion. Most families in Plateau have both Christians and Muslims. We should be celebrating our differences, not fighting because of them.”
He also asked the leaders in the state to work towards peace.
Ahmed Musa and his relationship with Plateau State
Ahmed Musa was born in Jos, Plateau State, to a Christian mother from Edo state and a Muslim father from Borno state. The parents of the striker are late, with his mother dying in 2019.
The footballer cum philanthropist started his football career in Jos, where he was at GPS Football Academy and Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) football team.
With the early part of his career spent in the once peaceful town, Ahmed Musa has maintained the cord that links him to the state and called for peace.
Look at Ahmed Musa singing along to Christian songs like it's nothing 😍
This is the country some of us long for, where everybody, whether Christian or Muslim sees each other as one ❤ pic.twitter.com/06qkaPgLNB
— D A N E E 🦅 (@Danee_nk) January 23, 2024
Ahmed Musa also reminded people in his X post that Plateau used to be known as the Home of Peace and Tourism. We want that back.
Ahmed Musa has not played any match for the Super Eagles at AFCON 2023. With the tournament entering the business stage, the likelihood of getting game time continues to shrink.
The Super Eagles take on the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon on Saturday for a place in the quarter-finals.
This article was most recently revised and updated 4 weeks ago