Nigerians have taken to social media to slam the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung following a recent gaffe by the minister concerning the delay in payment of entitlements owed the Super Falcons.
The minister allegedly said that provisions were not made for the Falcons to be paid because the federal government did not expect the team to win the just concluded CAF African Women Cup of Nations in Cameroun.
The ladies, who won the competition for the eighth time, have not been paid their entitlements and are staging a protest.
According to the sports minister, the situation would have been avoided if the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) hade envisaged the team would win and put in place the process of paying their entitlements.
Speaking to State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday, Dalung said: “Don’t forget that nobody even knew the team would emerge victorious.
“If we were confident they would emerge victorious, all the federation would have done was to plan for the process of participation and entitlement.
“It is already established in sports tradition, when you win this is what you are entitled to.
“The situation is highly unfortunate and I don’t like it. These girls have given confidence to women who want to embrace sports, so this will go a long way in killing this laudable achievement. It is unfortunate but we will make sure the right thing is done.”
The Minister, whose unguided comment did not go down well with sports lovers, received hard knocks from angry Nigerians.
See the tweets below:
Finally it’s official, dalung is undeniable proof that “oshogbo weed” has reached Abuja.
— ⚡⚡Zeus ⚡⚡ (@ogbonkus11) December”>https://twitter.com/ogbonkus11/status/806912384707297281″>December 8, 2016
When Falcon’s opranozie scored that goal, while we were jubilating, Dalung & PMB were sad & angry thinking about the allowances they’ll pay
— Remi Gatsby (@Ceorhemz) December”>https://twitter.com/Ceorhemz/status/806915551155122177″>December 8, 2016
The Dalung’s explanation is the definition of this Apc’s administration …. CLUELESSNESS,
UNPREPARED, GROSS INCOMPETENCE.. SMH
— Miss Tee ? (@SylviaChisom) December”>https://twitter.com/SylviaChisom/status/806915409169551360″>December 8, 2016
Lol Dalung should stop talking to the press..sometimes dignified silence..instead of clearing our doubts that you dont have sense..
— Osazee (@Czar_01) December”>https://twitter.com/Czar_01/status/806915393264750596″>December 8, 2016
If I were the president, I would have sacked Dalung long time ago. He is a disgrace to the sport ministry..
— @princesolar (@obaao) December”>https://twitter.com/obaao/status/806915146522251264″>December 8, 2016
Buhari govt is the worst in history, dalung is am empirical evidence. It took the dead beat 6months to appoint a failure. Daura dullard
— ♦IG @vexxilicious ™ (@Vessxi) December”>https://twitter.com/Vessxi/status/806914677783613440″>December 8, 2016
The only change am expecting from PMB is for him to change Solomon Dalung as Minister of Sport as soon as possible
— #Muyispeaks (@OlumuyiwaAbai) December”>https://twitter.com/OlumuyiwaAbai/status/806914266741821440″>December 8, 2016
But sha, that Dalung is a Barrister of Controversies
— John Ogunsemore (@SignorJohn) December”>https://twitter.com/SignorJohn/status/806914247506673664″>December 8, 2016
Solomon Dalung disgraced Nigeria b4 the olympics, in the olympics n after the olympics n to be continued….he’s still the sports minister!?
— Ferdinand (@Burmese_Tyga) December”>https://twitter.com/Burmese_Tyga/status/806913925933580288″>December 8, 2016
Is Dalung Buhari’s lovechild? How in the name of all the African gods, Christian diety and Allah is he a Minister in Nigeria
— Imoh Umoren (@ImohUmoren) December8″>https://twitter.com/ImohUmoren/status/806913843670618112″>December8, 2016
“Dalung is my man of the year https”>https://t.co/XU353ozMjW”>https://t.co/XU353ozMjW…” The guy na actor. Home video type! Chai! What a disgrace to naija at this age”
— Ntiense Wills (@NtienseWilliams) December”>https://twitter.com/NtienseWilliams/status/806913648392282112″>December 8, 2016
Dalung wasn’t expecting Falcons’ victory. He wanted them to fail same way he’s been an all round failure.
— Otunba Asiwaju (@AsiwajuOladimej) December”>https://twitter.com/AsiwajuOladimej/status/806913424848515072″>December 8, 2016
When you discover it took PMB 6 months to choose Solomon Dalung as sport minister pic.twitter.com/dBoTzI8vqv
—Mbakara Uyo Nnyin. (@goldenric) December”>https://twitter.com/goldenric/status/806913263028109313″>December 8, 2016
Dalung one word FLOP
— Damilola (@Millidyk) December”>https://twitter.com/Millidyk/status/806913142877982720″>December 8, 2016
Solomon Dalung for President
— Femi Lee (@femscie) December”>https://twitter.com/femscie/status/806913086192046080″>December 8, 2016
Dalung is the comic relief, when they accuse you of corruption. Just let him talk to the press
— Ayobami (@dondekojo) December”>https://twitter.com/dondekojo/status/806912980881461248″>December 8, 2016
Solomon Dalung Is A Waste To His Generations
— D® EFFA™? (@effalixumab) December”>https://twitter.com/effalixumab/status/806912978117337088″>December 8, 2016
When you think you’ve seen it all and Solomon Dalung scores a hat trick of own goals.
Dalung deserves to be the mumu d’or 2016 winner.
— Mbakara Uyo Nnyin. (@goldenric) December”>https://twitter.com/goldenric/status/806912621509300224″>December 8, 2016
In a sane country, dalung would have been removed, heck, he wouldn’t have been appointed in the first place.
— Mr Miyagi (@DEJIDOPE) December8″>https://twitter.com/DEJIDOPE/status/806912607210835968″>December8, 2016
Just imagine the insults to GEJ if Dalung was a minister in his govt, yet PMB appoints the knobhead and we still find a way to not blame him
— jonathan (@jayzdad) December”>https://twitter.com/jayzdad/status/806912421516472320″>December 8, 2016
Tomorrow, headlines will read ‘Dalung denies saying they didn’t have plans for Falcons’
— OgheneLucia (@oghenelucia) December”>https://twitter.com/oghenelucia/status/806912285918818305″>December 8, 2016
Solomon Dalung is not always on the news. When he appears, he drops the bomb just as Abubakar Shekau appears to tell Nigerians he’s alive.
— Isyak Alex Adeiza (@AlexAdeiza) December”>https://twitter.com/AlexAdeiza/status/806912152095391744″>December 8, 2016
I heard Dalung means “stupid” in Mongolian. https”>https://t.co/oF07RjAy6P”>https://t.co/oF07RjAy6P
— His Royal Rudeness (@War_ina_babylon) December”>https://twitter.com/War_ina_babylon/status/806911548111388672″>December 8, 2016
Mr. Dalung will win Man of the Year. Tiri gbosa
— Kemmy (@ChemmyAd) December”>https://twitter.com/ChemmyAd/status/806911496064237569″>December 8, 2016
Plateau State, I no do again. I’m from Benue now.
— PLANGKAT (@peekaymila) December”>https://twitter.com/peekaymila/status/806911376287559680″>December 8, 2016
I hated Labaran Maku’s guts in the last administration, Dalung is somehow trying to surpass that
— J.Rice (@_Toluwase) December”>https://twitter.com/_Toluwase/status/806911294997753858″>December 8, 2016
Can’t even be mad at Dalung anymore, it’s the person that nominated him for the position that’s the real nut case !
— Eromosele (@Mistahsix4) December”>https://twitter.com/Mistahsix4/status/806911231642714114″>December 8, 2016
Loooool…. Solomon Dalung, one of the most ridiculous things PMB forced on us
— EGGHEAD (@ehiscombs) December”>https://twitter.com/ehiscombs/status/806910402768568320″>December 8, 2016
First it was Shittu on data tariff and NCC, then Dalung on Falcons and AWCON. Clueless ministers continue to expose themselves.
— Fatima Yaro (@fati_ifunanya) December”>https://twitter.com/fati_ifunanya/status/806910322728718336″>December 8, 2016
New word alert:
Dalung – incompetent
— sommie (@aniogborita) December”>https://twitter.com/aniogborita/status/806910224489713664″>December 8, 2016
Dalung: When a hunter turns to sport minister
— Dïñô IG: Tobianodino (@dino_akin) December”>https://twitter.com/dino_akin/status/806909858905657344″>December 8, 2016
Dalung na akpa man.
— Alfalfa. (@TonyeNgerebo) December”>https://twitter.com/TonyeNgerebo/status/806909377668120576″>December 8, 2016
With d way Solomon Dalung keeps spewing out trash, I wonder what is contribution will sound like during FEC meetings?
— #Muyispeaks (@OlumuyiwaAbai) December”>https://twitter.com/OlumuyiwaAbai/status/806918390254342144″>December 8, 2016
This Dalung self which school he go, after now they go tell you say they Msc in this and that
— GCFR ?? (@AbbaJude) December8″>https://twitter.com/AbbaJude/status/806917418459267072″>December8, 2016
If your name is dalung, and your daddy is minister for sports. . Shame!!!!!!!!!
— Kizuri Bentolacci (@DantePasusu) December”>https://twitter.com/DantePasusu/status/806917258224267265″>December 8, 2016
Two ministers need to be sacked by this govt, Dalung and shittu. Those guys don’t have a clue about the ministries they head
— fisayo (@fissy7) December”>https://twitter.com/fissy7/status/806917188905041920″>December 8, 2016
PMB:I wish our Super Falcons the best in the #AWCON2016“>https://twitter.com/hashtag/AWCON2016?src=hash”>#AWCON2016 final. Saraki:Go for gold! Dalung: Nobody even knew the team would emerge victorious pic.twitter.com/hEWcM9krax
— Similoluwa Bolaniran (@Simmyloluwa) December”>https://twitter.com/Simmyloluwa/status/806917018427363328″>December 8, 2016
During GEJ regime, we had Patience Jonathan. now, we have a charlatan named Solomon Dalung
— Prince Abiodun (@Abiodunsays) December”>https://twitter.com/Abiodunsays/status/806916613651963905″>December 8, 2016
You can be anything you wanna be. Solomon Dalung is Nigeria’s sports minister.
— Kevin (@the_kieriama) December”>https://twitter.com/the_kieriama/status/806916241071947776″>December 8, 2016
So in short, Dalung was supporting Cameroon in that final match
— Davin ?? (@GottiLavida) December”>https://twitter.com/GottiLavida/status/806915755199660032″>December 8, 2016
Dalung said allowances are still unsettled because they did not expect Falcons to win.
NIigeria, i am not doing again??
— Yemi (@Babygiwa) December”>https://twitter.com/Babygiwa/status/806894576594284545″>December 8, 2016
In a twist, Solomon Dalung has said his ministry was not prepared for the Falcons’ win at AWCON.
Incompetence is a person.
— BROUHAHA (@BrouhahaNG) December8″>https://twitter.com/BrouhahaNG/status/806900989995483140″>December8, 2016
I was about to give the dumbest move of the day to the National Assembly until our cosmetic Minister of Sport Mr. Dalung hollered! pic.twitter.com/hUnHu9o0OG
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) December”>https://twitter.com/Omojuwa/status/806890964556148736″>December 8, 2016
Why did “>https://twitter.com/MBuhari”>@MBuhari brought this block head called Dalung to Nigerians?
— Chidera Christian (@chichriso) December8″>https://twitter.com/chichriso/status/806908787961528320″>December8, 2016
Plateau state I don’t know how Dalung was the best u could do, just shaming my beloved plateau anyhow
— NWA CHI NE EMELU (@Sanematic) December”>https://twitter.com/Sanematic/status/806908640343064576″>December 8, 2016
Lol see I just need Dalung to stop speaking at least. He’s incompetence already shows in his actions, we don’t need reaffirmation.
— La Ñuica (@BoozeBumps) December”>https://twitter.com/BoozeBumps/status/806908520893452288″>December 8, 2016
Where and how did Buhari come across Solomon Dalung? #Justasking
— #Muyispeaks (@OlumuyiwaAbai) December”>https://twitter.com/OlumuyiwaAbai/status/806908324344197121″>December 8, 2016
Solomon Dalung has a degree in “speaking out of sorts”. He enjoys it obviously.
— Adegboyega Olaniyi (@auxanosparkles) December”>https://twitter.com/auxanosparkles/status/806908468934410240″>December 8, 2016
What did we ever do to deserve sports minister #Dalung.
— Mr. Stan (@Stanwrights) December8″>https://twitter.com/Stanwrights/status/806908195646177280″>December8, 2016
U think you hv heard the worst from Dalung (sports minister) n he stuns u with d most ridiculous statement or action.
— HRM King Nedrick I ♛ (@2Phingas) December”>https://twitter.com/2Phingas/status/806907944835174400″>December 8, 2016
Solomon Dalung is a true representation of PMB govt. He obviously depicts the state of confusion that pervades this administration
— #Muyispeaks (@OlumuyiwaAbai) December”>https://twitter.com/OlumuyiwaAbai/status/806907926740946944″>December 8, 2016
Dalung is like a chair, he sits people but can’t be blamed for being broken. “It” should just be replaced.
— Catalyst (@Dude_myster) December”>https://twitter.com/Dude_myster/status/806907745630830593″>December 8, 2016
When Dalung signs Nike deal
pls “>https://twitter.com/Nike”>@Nike dont bring boots i dont expect all of them to qualify
— Dïñô IG: Tobianodino (@dino_akin) December8″>https://twitter.com/dino_akin/status/806907669172862979″>December8, 2016
Will Solomon Dalung get better if he stops wearing that red beret?
— Elnathan John (@elnathan_john) December”>https://twitter.com/elnathan_john/status/806906612577247232″>December 8, 2016
As Long As Buhari Continues To Keep Some Most Of His Useless Ministers In Office He Will Continue To Lose Respect
Imagine What Dalung Said!
— D® EFFA™? (@effalixumab) December”>https://twitter.com/effalixumab/status/806905723275853824″>December 8, 2016
Dalung did not know the team can win from group stage, the team reached final, he still didn’t know? So what target did he had for the team?
— PositiveNigerianNews (@mrbhiyi) December”>https://twitter.com/mrbhiyi/status/806904516427841536″>December 8, 2016