Troubled ex-international Wilson Oruma has suffered a major relapse in his struggle with mental illness, according to multiple media reports.
Oruma was the captain of the victorious Golden Eaglets that won the 1993 Under-16 World Cup in Japan. He was also a member of the Under-23 national team that won gold medal in Olympic in 1996, and twice he was part of the Super Eagles that won bronze medals at the African Cup of Nations in 2002 and 2006.
During his active career, the Delta-born ex-footballer featured for French sides, RC Lens, Nancy, Sochaux, Marseille and Guingamp. He equally plied his trade in Greece with Kavala FC, and Turkey before calling time on his glorious career at the age of 33 on November 26, 2010.
Earlier reports had traced the recent happenings in Oruma’s life to an unnamed pastor, who allegedly scammed the Delta-born ex-international, fleecing him out of N1.2bn in a bogus investment.
At a time, reports had it that the former midfielder, who played alongside Kanu Nwakwo, and Jay Jay Okocha was on the road to recovery after earlier reports brought to light his battle with mental illness.
However, fresh reports indicated that the illness has relapsed spectacularly.
“He eats here every often and greets people with the name Jesus,” like, “do you have Jesus bro?’ and I will answer “yes I have Jesus bro.”
“But, Sometimes he walks on the street in poor clothing, with slippers, often talking to himself alone and all that…” a gateman whose work place is close to where Oruma lives in Lekki, Lagos was quoted by The Nation as saying.
“Wilson hasn’t really recovered from the emotional disorder which he suffered after he was duped.
“He has been to several places in search of a lasting solution, but it gets worse after a bit of improvement,” his bossom friend Emakpor Dibofun also told Complete Sports.