The keeper is reportedly in coma at the Lagos hospital, off Adeniran Ogunsanya.
“I just got a call now from Bruce who is the younger brother of soccer icon Peter Rufai,” Mr. Tijani, a journalist posted on his Facebook page.
He further quoted Bruce as saying, “Kayode, just to let you know we have a situation on our hands.your friend, my brother Peter Rufai yesterday night just suddenly slumped at the office.
“We rushed him to Toki Hospital off Adeniran Ogunsanya where he is now. The doctors are doing everything possible though he’s not really come around yet and they don’t know yet what the real cause of the slump is.
“He’s been taking the death of our 78-year-old mum badly since last week. We are really praying here for his health.”
49-year-old Peter Rufai played for Nigeria between 1983 and 1998, and started a youth sports development programme following his return home from Europe. He had 65 international caps for the Eagles.
The ex-international’s mother, Christiana, died last week, and that has left him devastated.