By: Chiziterem Bethrand / April 2nd, 2024 / 9 views


Footballer Ahmed Musa has found himself at the center of a social media storm after a video of him refusing to shake hands with the governor of Kano State went viral.

In the video, Musa is seen declining a handshake offered by Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf, sparking contrasting interpretations from viewers.

While some perceived Musa’s action as a sign of disrespect, others argued that it was a cultural gesture of humility and respect, indicating that Musa deemed himself unworthy to shake hands with the governor.

Responding to the controversy, Musa took to Instagram to address the situation directly. Sharing the video in question, Musa expressed his disappointment at the exaggerated reaction to what he described as a simple act of cultural respect, in his statement, Musa clarified that in Northern culture, gestures such as kneeling and shaking hands symbolize the highest form of respect.
He explained that his intention was to honor the Deputy Governor with such a gesture.

However, when it came to greeting the Governor, Musa opted to bow instead of shaking hands, a gesture deeply rooted in tradition and cultural norms, Musa’s explanation sheds light on the cultural significance behind his actions, offering a nuanced perspective to those quick to pass judgment.

As the debate continues to unfold on social media, Musa’s words serve as a reminder of the importance of understanding and respecting diverse cultural practices.

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