The Honourable Minister of Sports and Youth Development Barrister Solomon Dalung yesterday attended a football match to mark the United Nations International Day of Sports for Peace and Development. To further celebrate the event, he posted several photos on his Facebook wall.
It is not clear if the Minister does not know that Gongola state stopped existing since 27 August 1991 or if the IDP football team is actually called IDPs of Gongola State.
Gongola State was a former administrative division of Nigeria. It was created on 3 February 1976 from Adamawa and Sardauna Provinces of North-Eastern State, together with the Wukari Division of the then Benue-Plateau State; it existed until 27 August 1991, when it was divided into two states – Adamawa and Taraba.
It will be recalled that Dalung was once quoted as saying: “I admit that I am a novice. But I also know that there are internal wrangling in the Federation” He made this statement in trying to respond to jibes over his poor knowledge of Nigeria Sport and whether he was qualified to head the ministry.
“I attended a football match between Internally Displaced Persons IDPs of Gongola State and footballers from the Diplomatic Community yesterday to mark the United Nations International Day of Sports for Peace and Development. The Diplomatic community included the Embassies of Argentina, Egypt, Venezuela, Italy, Germany, Turkey etc. Volunteers including the NIGERIA Red Cross, UNAIDS, UNICEF and the LIKEMINDS PROJECT donated food, stationery, clothing and other basic items to the IDPs. There was free HIV testing for all who came while I was also presented with an award for my contribution to Sports development.”