No two individuals on the earth’s landscape, currently, in the eyes of CAB, are fitter than the persons of National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and the ever-controversial Minister of Youth and Sports Mr Solomon Dalung for this award for incredible and embarrassing utterances said to have come out of their mouths in almost the same day of a particular week recently.
Prior to the Rivers State legislative re-run election on Saturday, December 10, Oyegun while speaking at the APC mega rally held in Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port-Harcourt, urged members of the party to retaliate whatever kind of action they get from loyalists of the opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In his words: I am glad with what I am hearing here today; very glad. If they push you, push them back. If they slap you, slap them back.”
No fewer than 12 APC governors, National Assembly members and other public office-holders attended the rally.
It must be pointed out here that Minister of Transportation and APC leader in the state, Mr Rotimi Amaechi as well as Chairman of the APC Election Campaign Committee, Alhaji Mohammed Ganduje, who also happens to be the Kano State Governor both made ‘highly inciting’ comments with the latter’s own very weighty and direct (like Oyegun’s).
The result of all these incitements were widespread violence on election day in which serving officers of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) were abducted and yet to be found hitherto, while one or two were reportedly beheaded. Security personnel present including the Army were hugely compromised and biased as well.
On the hand, Minister Dalung, while addressing State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, over the protracted protest – which we all know about and was a subject of discussion and mockery in the international circle – by squad members of the victorious Super Falcons occasioned by non-payment of their allowances and bonuses, SHAMELESSLY did say the Federal Government never expected the Super Falcons to win the just-concluded CAF African Women Cup of Nations in Cameroon and that was why it was facing difficulties (at the time) in paying the players’ entitlements.
The players had seized the trophy they won at the competition and said they would hold on to it until the authorities concerned offset the N238.05m accumulated bonuses which they are being owed.
They threatened that if President Muhammadu Buhari refused to address their grievances at the Federal Executive Council’s meeting of that week, they would embark on a protest on the streets of Abuja.
But the Minister said the situation could have been avoided if the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) had envisaged that the team would win and put in place the process of paying their entitlements.
He did say: “Don’t forget that nobody even knew the team will emerge victorious.
“If we were confident they will emerge victorious, all the federation would have done is to plan for process of participation and entitlement.
“It is already established in sports tradition, when you win this is what you are entitled to.
Only in Nigeria do ridiculous comments of this nature come from top government officials and politicians. Sad this is coming from men in the 55-75 age bracket. Why would a man of Oyegun’s status light up the polity with such words? If you are slapped or pushed, you retaliate and whatever comes out of it, you are on your own!!! Oyegun would never say such to a crowd having his sons, daughters, grand-sons and grand-daughters in it. Painful the more is that our youths consistently fail to realize that they are merely ‘cannon-fodders’ in the eyes of these selfish, greedy politicians in achieving their aims.They die, they waste for nothing and the politicians move on with their greedy and selfish ambitions and with another potential ‘sacrificial lamb‘ afterwards 😦
As for Dalung, how on earth do you send out eight-time African champions, unarguably the best team in the continent and overwhelming favourites to a competition that has come to be their birthright since its inception in 1998 without an iota of expectation that they gonna lift it once again? Mr Dalung should tell us something else abeg! Has there been anything heart-warming about him since he came on board. His utterances; no week passes without him courting controversy and of course, his ‘weird’ dress code.
SHAME ON and a big THUMBS DOWN to Chief Oyegun and Minister Dalung joor!!!!!!!! >:-((