This was disclosed by the Technical Director of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Ahmed Yahaya who paid the ailing tactician a visit at his hospital bed in Lokoja.
Yahaya, who was in Lokoja on behalf of the Director General of the Commission, Dr. Amos Adamu expressed the government’s displeasure over what he termed lateness in communicating the situation of the former Flying Eagles to the authorities saying there was a procedure in doing government business.
He stated that government is prepared and determined to ensure that the embattled coach receives the best of treatment wherever possible and at whatever cost including taking him to Germany or any hospital abroad.
As a demonstration of the commission’s resolve, Yahaya announced the donation of N300 000 (about R17 500) on behalf of the Commission to Abdullahi and directed that he be moved from the clinic where he is currently being treated to the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja where he's expected to undergo series of tests before he is eventually flown abroad.
Soccer Abdullahi, who responded amidst tears, denied ever indicting the federal government for not taking care of him during his and blamed the misrepresentation on communication breakdown.
The former Ea Lla Koto coach, who left South Africa in March 2007, has been bed ridden for over eight months now and he has been moving from one hospital to the other in search of treatment at the expense of friends and relatives and other well meaning Nigerians.