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Football Star Ahmed Musa Speaks Out on Social Media Uproar Over Cultural Respect



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Nigerian football star Ahmed Musa has broken his silence regarding the recent social media uproar over a cultural gesture he made, News About Nigeria reports.

In a statement posted on his official X account, Musa addressed the controversy, explaining that the act of kneeling and bowing was a sign of respect deeply rooted in Northern Nigerian culture.

Musa expressed disappointment at the attention the incident received, especially amidst more pressing issues facing the nation.

He urged people to focus on finding solutions to economic hardships, security challenges, and religious tensions rather than getting caught up in unnecessary distractions.

The footballer emphasized the importance of channeling collective efforts towards uplifting one another, fostering unity, and working towards a better future for all.

He concluded his statement by calling for unity in diversity and urging everyone to focus on what truly matters.

He said “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.

“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. Even national media outlets like ARISE TV have jumped on the bandwagon, diverting focus from issues that truly matter- highly disappointing I must say.

“What’s even more disheartening are the comments questioning my respectfulness, especially from those who don’t know me personally. 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?”