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Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Super Eagles Player Ogenyi Onazi Says He Narrowly Escaped The Jos Blasts

Super Eagles player Ogenyi Onazi, who is currently in London preparing for today’s friendly against Scotland, says he feels lucky to be alive after he narrowly missed last week’s bombings in the city of Jos. The blasts at a crowded bus terminal and market killed at least 118 people.

Onazi, 21, who was born in Jos, had just left the popular Jos Main Market last Tuesday, when the first blast rocked the area. Recounting his lucky escape, he told BBC Sport: “It was just like an ordinary day. Happy faces and friendly warmth that makes you feel happy to be back home. We had gone to the railway market to get something. I think it was 15 minutes later when we heard the loud blast from the place. And suddenly, people were just running."

“There was chaos and pandemonium. There was smoke, I was confused, lost and just wondered what had happened. I had no idea what was going on and it was scary. All my life I have never heard a bang or boom like that.” A week later,  Onazi insists the unrest back home has made it difficult to focus on football. “Some will say I should be happy to be alive but I just feel concerned about the security challenges in Jos and Nigeria as a country,” he said. I was born and bred in a peaceful Jos. I may be fortunate enough to live outside the place right now, but I still have my family and friends who live in the city. I always get worried when there are reports of terrible incidents there on a regular basis. It’s sad and depressing to live with this.

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