Youths and Sports Minister Barr Solomon Dalung has continued to take swipe at those criticizing his effort geared towards bring lasting peace at the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF.
Dalung who preferred to pass his message via his twitter handle @SolomonDalung accused interested critics for having vested interest in swindling players and other key actors within the country’s football fraternity which has in turn led to non-payment of players’ and coaches’ allowances.
He equally wondered why some stakeholders will instead of fashioning out modalities to end NFF conundrum choose to fuel it.
According to the former Local council chairman who prefers to put on Khaki with Red Barret most times; “As a Minister of Youth and Sports, it is my duty to listen to every case brought to my table without fear or favour.
“I cannot fold my arms and watch anarchy prevail because some people think a case is dead. I cannot shut out Chris Giwa because he’s from Plateau state. I’m a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria not Plateau state.
“Government fund sports in Nigeria yet it does have a say in NFF, even when peace is at stake, we are harassed with ban from FIFA. Where there’s protracted crisis then corruption and injustice are the neighbors. No doubt the fighting is about sharing formula not service
“Anybody who loves the progress of sports should be concern about the welfare of athletes and not shielding cohorts of impunity. Can any of the stakeholders tell us why the protected fighting in NFF? Do they have immunity to oppressed and exploit players and coaches?
“While our players trained and played with hunger to victory, sponsored editorial opinions cannot protect them but favour those responsible. All the noise about NFF crisis is cover up sponsored by those who benefit from non-payment of allowances of players and coaches.
“Where were those clamouring now when players have to wash their jerseys before playing. Why was there no press outrage over these injustices? I went out of my way to pay players directly arrears of allowances in Senegal before we could win the trophy yet people claim all is well.”

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