Wigan Athletic boy, Victor Moses (pictured left)who may have his first chance to play an international game with Nigeria on Sunday says he does not want to visit Kaduna any time soon.
Moses was born in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna and lived there with his parents until he moved to England when he was eleven years old.
Moses told naijafootball247.com that he has no plans to visit Kaduna but was not ready to reveal why.
“No I’m not ready to visit Kaduna again and you know why. Oh no, no, I’m not going there,” Moses said.
He tried to smile as he said he won’t be visiting Kaduna soon but the story behind it is never one to make a person smile.
There is actually a very sad story about Moses in Kaduna and how he left Nigeria in a hurry at a tender age.
Austin and Josephine Moses were the parents of Victor and were Christian missionaries in Kaduna when rioting broke out.
Thousands of Christians were killed when they objected to imposition of Islamic Sharia law.
Shari’a law was implemented in Kaduna State beginning in 2001 and a particular incident in 2002 saw at least 1,000 killed in a particular riot and the parents of Victor were counted amongst the dead.
Victor’s father had his own church and was a target of the Muslim extremists who went to their home and murdered both of them.
The eleven year old Victor was playing football in the streets when his uncle rushed to tell him rioters had murdered his parents.
They thought his life was in danger so they hid him in a friend’s house and one week later he was taken to England.
In that time Moses continued playing football and has featured for Crystal Palace and Wigan Athletic while also playing for England’s U16, U17, U19 and U21 sides before making up his mind to play at full international level for Nigeria.
Does Victor Moses see himself as a Nigerian after being away for so long and in the circumstances he left?
“Yes, I’m Nigerian. I was born here and I grew up here,” he told naijafootball247.com.
“Or is it because I speak differently? Well, I’m Nigerian and I can speak like a Nigerian if I want,” he said laughing.
“How you dey? Wetin dey happen?” he asked in pidgin English.
“I’m Nigerian and I’m happy to be here to play for my country.”