- As Aids physically moles journalists
What was like arranged attacks on the entire Nigerian Media reared up yesterday in the Nation’s capital, Abuja when Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung openly accused Journalists of accepting monies from the leadership of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF to publish stories.
As if that was not enough, Dalung who is barely six months in office watched while his Aides physically pushed members of fourth estate of the Realm who approached him to bare their minds over several abuses against the Media which emanated from his office after the Minister addressed delegates at the extra-ordinary assembly put together by NFF led by embattled Amaju Pinnick.
The Sports Minister who only showed up around 12.30pm in an event that was scheduled for 10pm as usual took a swipe on all stakeholders in the Nigerian football and sports sector before he particularly heaped abuses on Journalist.
Labeling himself a Guerilla while addressing the General Assembly of Nigerian football, Dalung said “I’m like a Guerilla, I’m not afraid of anyone that a Woman gave birth to. The more they talk about me, the more I get stronger.
“Some of you here including the media shamelessly send text messages and write nonsense. I want to assure you that I’m a Guerilla Man. I have never lived in comfort zone, so I’m a stranger to the comfort zone. I cannot never be threatened.
“I have survived more than five assassination attempt in my life. I’m a human rights activist. You don’t gather and begin to drag some People down for selfish reasons. The football family must go back and put itself to order, it is not for me, I don’t elect President or put Presidents.”
For the records, a Guerilla is a member of an irregular armed force that fights a stronger force by sabotage and harassment.
The Secretary General of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN Comr. Andrew Abah when he later approached the Minister warned that members of the Pen Profession would never tolerate anyone who tries to accuse Journalist wrongly. Dalung later sluggishly apologized.
Earlier before NFF general Assembly was declared open, both NFF President Pinnick and Chairman Senate Committee on Sports, Senator Obinna Ogba called for calmed and assured of renewed vigour in moving Nigerian football forward.