FORMER Green Eagles
left wing mercurial player,
Barrister Adokiye Amiesimaka,
better known as the ‘Chief
Justice‘ wants President-elect,
General Muhammadu Buhari,
to introduce a revolution in
the management of Nigerian
sports.
The ex-international said:
“Let me limit myself to football
which is my primary concern,
I want General Muhammadu
Buhari to resuscitate our
football. He needs a deeply
informed sports personality to
help him develop sports at the
grassroots.
“I believe that the new
administration should
focus on building a strong
grassroots sports development
programme. From there,
football as a unifying force
will take its rightful place,”
Amiesimaka said.
“When we have been able
to get our grassroots sports
development agenda right,
every other thing will fall in
place; not the usual fire brigade
approach we always apply to
sports management. General
Buhari represents change and
that is what we are expecting
too in the sports sector.
“We should be focusing on
developmental programmes
rather than engage merely in
competitions; we need to reorientate
sports writers like the
fans about long term results and
not immediate gratification.
“Things should be done as
it should; things will be a lot
better. There are rules that
should be adhered to.”
Former Nigerian Heptathlete,
Pat Itanyi spoke from her base
in America saying, “we need
to realise that sports has gone
beyond what is done just to
keep fit alone. It has always
been a big business which we
had not been doing. Sports
alone can create about 125,000
employment spaces. This is
what the new administration
should do.
“We do not need a sports
minster. With a clear-headed
Director General of the National
Sports Commission (NSC), the
administration of sports will
get a new fillip. Sports is and
remains one of the biggest means
of employing youths and taking
them off the streets and crime.
The government should put the
needed personnel in place for
sports. Our expectations are high,
tell the Peoples’ General as I wish
to call him.”
She added that “the focus
should not only be on football
because what we presently have
in the other sports is just the
efforts of a few individuals to
ensure that these sports do not die.
Government direction is required
to galvanise the funding support
needed. There is so much funds
outside the government system
which the new administration
requires to move sports forward.”
Meanwhile, Super Eagles
players Vincent Enyeama, Sone
Aluko and Elderson Echiejile
took to the social media platforms
to congratulate the President-elect
and express their expectations.
Enyeama wrote,
“#CONGRATULATIONS to
our great country’s president
elect. Gen. Mohammadu
Buhari.# DEMOCRACYWIN
#NigeriaDecides.# SUPERGOD
help you to take NIGERIA to the
next level of greatness #Grace and
favourbewithyou.”
Elderson Echiejile wrote on
Twitter, “Congratulations to our
President-elect @ThisIsBuhari,
You kept the fight and believed
#ProudNigerian.”
“I [enjoin] every Nigerian
to be supportive of the new administration. As a
nation we cannot afford
to fail. We will remain as
#OneIndivisibleNigeria.”
Aluko wrote on Instagram, “To
whom much is given, much is
expected! #NigeriaHasDecided.
Hopefully, the start of a bright,
transparent era in Nigerian
leadership and governance. Over
to you APC and Gen. Buhari.
This success came with strings
attached from your voters!
#change.”
Buhari will be sworn in as
Nigeria’s President on the 29th
May 2015, replacing President
Goodluck Jonathan in the seat of
power at Aso Rock.


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