Cameroonian professional footballer Samuel Eto’o who plays for Turkish club Antalyaspor, has denied recent reports going around on social media that he paid for airline tickets for African migrants who are the victims of slavery in Libya and Morocco.
Eto’o who is the most decorated African player of all time released a statement to quash the rumors that surfaced online this week when the slavery of African migrants in North Africa especially Libya and Morocco hit headlines and sparked outrage.
Read Eto’o’s full statement below:
Several sites have circulated a rumor that I would have given money to every migrant returnee, in relation to a topical issue. This rumor is absolutely unfounded!
I would therefore take advantage of this opportunity, dear brothers and sisters, to emphasize that love prevents more evils than money can solve.
So let’s not waste our precious time looking for thrills at the expense of grieving people, but let us use this time to prevent other brothers from being deprived of their dignity.
Let us not just react when we can prevent, because among these victims are certainly people who have been our neighbours at some point, but to whom we have not daigné to look kindly.
Let us build our Africa by having a positive impact on each other!