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Oruma Not Mad Suffers Depression, Wife Says
. Wilson Oruma during his playing days
Barely 48 hours after news emerged that former Super Eagles midfielder, Wilson Oruma suffered a relapse of emotional disorder which later resulted to insanity, Oruma’s wife revealed that her husband is not mad but only suffers depression.
SR Sports learnt on Friday after visiting the Victoria Garden City (VGC) home of the former midfielder located in Lekki, Lagos State, that the family members have decided to take a drastic measure by taking Oruma away from home, thereby stepping into the situation after the news camp up again.
Oruma was defrauded by a clergyman and some fake oil businessmen to invest into fake oil business in December 2012, in which he invested a whopping sum of N1.2 billion without proper consultation after retiring from football.
“This issue is not just happening,it’s going into six years now, but recently I read lots of report online that my husband lost his sanity, I don’t think that is fair enough, my husband is not mad but only suffering from depression.
“When the incident happened in 2012, it was really bad because he was regularly taking the prescribed drugs. In fact, I don’t think the public would have heard anything about this issue it if not the fact that he stopped taking his drugs.
“There are times that people would see him do some funny things like leaving his car to walk on the streets, that doesn’t mean that he is mad, he recognizes people, he does things normally, until this moment. But even at this stage, that does not mean he is mad, people should try and understand that a depressed man can do some certain things abnormally.
Asked to comment on latest report linking some of Oruma”s former teammates making moves to play a fund raising match for the ailing ex-player, she said: “It is a welcome development, but I must confess it’s indeed a challenging period for the entire family, paying school fees and other sundry needs have really not been easy. Except for Taribo West, none of his former teammates have render helping hand. He has shown more commitment to help, with the little he can offer and his care. I will forever be very grateful to him.
“Even some of his former teammates who lived in the VGC (names withheld) are not showing any sign of assistance. But I can assure you everything is under control, at least you can see that he is not at home when you came around today, he is receiving proper care, and I believe he will be fine in no time,” Mrs Oruma concluded.
The two-time African Nations Cup bronze medallist was reportedly lured by a pastor into dubious oil business, he withdrew funds from all his investments across Europe in three months and withdrew his life savings to ensure he pumped enough money into the oil business. He did not suspect any foul play as the Pastor kept assuring him that, the people are credible and are God fearing business investors.
The 41-year-old former Golden Eagles captain paid a whopping N1.2 billion into the dedicated bank account given to him to make payments which he did over six months.
Oruma played for RC Lens in the French Ligue 1, he later moved to Turkish side Samsunspor in 1998 and returned to France one year later to play for Nîmes.
In 2000, he was transferred to Swiss side Servette, He also played two seasons before coming back to France, where he played until 2009 for Sochaux, Marseille and Guingamp,
Meanwhile, he retired while playing professional football in 2010 for Greek side Kavala FC.