He was aged 11 years at the time. His parents, Mr Austine and Mrs
Josephine Moses, were missionaries until they met their untimely death.
The boy left his house to play football but returned home to see that
all his parents had laboured for had been razed down and he would never
see his mother and father again.
He was taken to London by his uncle almost immediately after the
incident. While in London, he began deploying his football skills.
His story is a touching one, I share his pains. I also share his
courage. He had a choice not to step into Nigeria again but he didn’t
take that option. When the call to serve his fatherland came, Moses
dumped England and embraced Nigeria…That is patriotism!
Today, we see a Victor Moses bringing joy to every Nigerian including
those who may have inspired his parent’s death…That is Love!
On Sunday, Moses would stand for the National Anthem and pledge
allegiance to a country that couldn’t defend his parents…That is faith!
Moses would deliver the “African Cup of Nations” trophy to Nigeria not
minding what had happened in the past… That is forgiveness! Moses rose
through bitterness and despair to the limelight of hope and courage.
He never gave up on his country. He persevered… That is purpose!