A team of ex-internationals led by former Nigeria National Football Team Player, Christian Obodo recently visited the Center for Peace and Environmental Justice, CEPEJ, an NGO, to appreciate its National Coordinator, Comrade (Chief) Mulade Sheriff for building sustainable peace among the Ijaw, Itsekiri and Urhobo people through the development of sports that engaged their youths.
Christian Obodo, former Super Eagles star, said he had plans to discover football talents among the youths of the Niger Delta Region, a project he said other regions had been benefiting from for long.
He then charged all well-meaning people of the Niger Delta Region to join hands in developing the youths through sports which he described as one of the best ways to engage the teeming unemployed youths of the region.
For his part, the National Coordinator and CEO of Center of Peace and Environmental Justice, CEPEJ, Comrade (Chief) Mulade Sheriff thanked the former Super Eagles Star for deeming it fit to identify with and visit the NGO.
Chief Mulade, who is also the Ibe-Sorimowei of the Ancient Gbaramatu Kingdom, used the medium to brief the ex-International and his team about the Ijaw/Itsekiri Peace and Unity Cup Tournament which he said had been on for some years now with the aim of sustaining and cementing peaceful coexistence between Ijaw and Itsekiri ethnic groups, as well as discover football talents among the youths.
He then sought the collaboration of the football legend with CEPEJ for the 2021 edition of the Comrade Mulade Sheriff Peace and Unity Cup, with participation cutting across the Ijaw, Itsekiri and Urhobo ethnic nationalities.
In his response, Mr. Obodo commended the CEPEJ Boss for his efforts, and described Chief Mulade as a peace loving man driven by passion, and promised to be part of the football fiesta in 2021 calculated at sustaining peaceful coexistence that would attract development to Delta State and beyond.