The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, says Nigeria supports the candidature of Issa Hayatou in the April 2017 election for the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) presidency.
Dalung told newsmen on Monday in Abuja that Nigeria’s support was based on national interest.
“For the presidency of CAF, when I invited them, I told them Nigeria’s position is to vote in favour of her national interest, and not too long ago, the Federal Government made categorically clear her position.
“And the position of the Federal Government of Nigeria is that, in view of the fact that Cameroon has been a major key player in the war against insurgency and the involvement of Cameroon in fighting for the stability of Nigeria, it will be out of the foreign policy context of Nigeria to abandon her.
“And the `(then) acting president (Prof. Yemi Osinbajo) directed which I have communicated appropriately, that if the only vote that will come to Hayatou will be from Nigeria, Nigerians should stand with Hayatou.
“That it is outside our foreign policy, because we are not looking at football, but we are looking at the country Nigeria, what does Nigeria stand to benefit if it moves to the opposite direction?
Dalung also said that the country was in full support of Nigeria Football Federation’s President, Amaju Pinnick’s interest to contest for a CAF executive position in the elections. (NAN)
Solomon Dalung is not a divisive public figure by any stretch of the imagination. There is near-unanimity of opinion about his utility as Nigeria’s minister of sports. The kooky man with a fetish for red beret and khaki is the mascot of President Buhari’s administration. He is the poster child of the shambolic game of ineptness that patriotism urges us to hyperbolize as a 'government'.Dalung has a flair for sabotaging Nigeria in sports competitions and a penchant for spouting senseless excuses to explain away the scandals he orchestrated. His attempts at composure, for some reason, accentuate the extremism of the clown in him. He performs for the trivialization of sports and the sports of trivialization.
If Channels TV did not show the videotape of the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Solomon Dalung, telling the House of Representatives Committee on Sports that “the funds spended were properly spended,” anybody alleging that a Nigerian minister made such a statement would be accused of concocting a malicious story against a minister. Dalung is said to have a university degree in law, a postgraduate degree, and worked briefly as a lecturer.
Following uncertainty over the readiness of Cross River to host the 19th National Sports Festival, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung said Abuja may host the games, if the South-South State fails to fix a date.
Cross River won the rights to host the festival after the last Games in Lagos in 2012.