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Christian Chukwu captained the Green Eagles to glory at the 1980 African Nations Cup.

Christian Chukwu captained the Green Eagles to glory at the 1980 African Nations Cup.

Next weekend Nigerians will be casting their votes to elect the next president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I have my Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) and, God willing, if everything goes well (nothing seems certain these days in this uncertain political climate) I shall be exercising my right to cast my single vote for a candidate of my personal choice.

I hope that this time my vote will count.

I do not believe that any one of the several other times I voted in my life since Independence has really counted for anything. The usual shenanigans that took place in the process of the elections diminished the credibility of such elections that my humble opinion about national elections is not flattering, to say the least.

In the past five years, or so, I have become more politically aware and active. I have also discovered that my involvement with sport for most of my life makes me to look at life through the prism of sport. I see that football is not immune from the vagaries of Nigerian politics.

Football should be serious business in Nigeria but it is not. Since the 1990s, it has not been. Yet it is about health, education, infrastructural development, travels, business, security, law, architecture, tourism, entertainment, social interaction and even politics. Football is about morals, discipline, teamwork, team spirit, fair play, sportsmanship, winning and losing, creativity, strategy, motivation, and so on.

I even now see large swats of the story of Nigeria captured in the story of Nigerian football – a country of immense potential yet wasting like a beautiful flower in the desert.

Nigeria could very easily have become one of the most powerful nations on earth but, like its football, the country continues to drift aimlessly in the sea of squandered opportunities through poor leadership.

On the eve of the Nigerian elections, therefore, I am asking myself who to vote for between the political combatants. I have observed that some athletes, active and retired, have publicly endorsed the incumbent president, and I wondered why!

Successive governments have never understood and used sport seriously to address the issues of the youths, unemployment, infrastructural decay and financial brigandage going on in the sector.

It has been agonizing watching the country fail to use the power of sport to positively impact and engage the youth, and to drive the development of domestic sport and join the global sport industry, one of the fastest growing in the world!

I look around at all the national sports structures and institutions put in place by our country’s founding fathers at the start of our emergence as a nation, and I weep. Go take a look at what has happened to all our national sports monuments and institutions. Examine the lives of the country’s past heroes and see what the programmes of successive past governments have done to them. Go take a look at the National Stadia in Abuja and Lagos, and the National Institute for Sports, and shed your own tears.

There is absolutely nothing to celebrate about Nigerian sports now, or in our immediate past. So, I wonder, why any athlete would now pollute the apolitical sacredness and sanctity of sport and endorse continuity of the present state of affairs.

Since that has been done anyway and all others have been silent in denouncing those claiming to represent the interest of all sports persons, it is only reasonable for those who think differently to also raise their voices and dissociate themselves from the cheap parade ongoing in the present political campaigns.

As a representative of generations of past sportsmen and women in this country, there is no basis to join those endorsing a continuity of what obviously has been a colossal failure.

I have decided that when it comes to the moment to cast my single vote, it will be for Change from the failure of the past, and for audacious hope in the future! 

The Eagles Of 1980 – 34 Years After!

34 years ago, almost to the day, I was one of 16 young Nigerian football players that walked onto the turf of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, before an audience of some 100,000 Nigerians packed in a 60,000 capacity stadium like Sardine to attempt to create history. 90 minutes later, driven by the passion of a hundred million Nigerians, the goal was achieved. The Green Eagles played beyond their capacities, flew high above the Desert Warriors and destroyed the invincibility of an Algerian team that was at its peak and its best, obviously more experienced and probably even better than the Eagles.

On the night, Nigeria could not be stopped having come through some really difficult early matches. We played our best match of the championship, scored the highest number of goals and won the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in our country’s history.

The president of Nigeria at the time, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, led the sea of Nigerians that physically watched the event live at the stadium.  As young men, we were over the moon. We had worked very hard and prepared well under the guidance of professional sports managers and administrators. Nigeria had well-established sports institutions, a clear sports policy, a clear strategy and vision for sports development.

We saw ourselves as ambassadors and patriots serving our country willingly in answer to our nations call to duty. Our victory in 1980 was the culmination of a process that started in 1976 when the national team went to Dire Dawa and against all odds returned with bronze medals for the first time in our history. That was the impetus needed to aim higher and we did. In that spirit, we went to Ghana in 1978 and reinforced our confidence.

When 1980 came and the event was to hold in our country we believed we had to win and were ready. The preparations were hard but meticulous, driven by our single-mindedness to be part of history.

The entire country was involved on March 22, 1980. It was a day none of us that played in that match would ever forget. We soared like eagles.

In the end, hard work, good luck, the people’s support, our government’s commitment, paid off. We won. And we were deservedly rewarded well without any solicitation by us.

This day, 34 years after that victory, I can still play back in my mind almost every minute of the final match – the blaring trumpet of late musician Zeal Onyia marshaling Nigerians to the great battle, the vociferous singing of 100,000 Nigerians at the stadium, and the rampaging supercharged Green Eagles.

It was a day when the elements had no choice but to side with the Eagles, and to provide Nigerians with the cause to truly celebrate.

34 years after that victory, the heroes of 1980 are still remembered by most Nigerians. Six of those heroes have passed on to the beyond – Muda Babatunde Lawal, Best Ogedegbe, Okey Isima, Alloysius Atuegbu, Martin Eyo, and Tunde Bamidele.

The rest are alive and kicking, not by our strength but by the Grace of God, grateful for the opportunity of life, and of that day, March 22, 1980 when our names were written in Gold in the archives of Nigerian football.

On behalf of all 22 of us, including Emmanuel Okala, Sylvanus Okpala, Felix Owolabi, Shefiu Mohammed, John Orlando, Frank Nwachi, Christian Chukwu, Ifeanyi Onyedika, Henry Nwosu, Moses Effiong, Charles Bassey, Godwin Odiye, David Adiele, Kadiri Ikhana, Adokie Amiesimaka and I, I use this opportunity to say thank you once again to all Nigerians for their support and love still being bestowed lavishly on us since 1980!



55 Comments
  • Odogwu

    Truly, what can any sensible person endorse in this failed regime order than justifying the bribe received from a clueless and most corrupt regime in the history of this country Nigeria! Jonathan has successfully battered all aspects of our National life,,, posterity I’m sure will not be kind on that man!

  • David Ogun

    As for me, I will vote for Buhari come April 28th. The question I ask myself is how has this govt. impacted my life and that of my children? The answer is not very much. I don’t have constant light, no water, no affordable hospitals etc. My 3 children whom I struggled to send to school up to university level now don’t have jobs. What we hear are empty promises for the last four years. I remembered in 2011 I did vote for Jonathan thinking he would bring change; what a disappointment!

    David

    • Maxx, Canada

      Yes, I completely agree with you. I hate empty promises because it gives a false hope. What you cannot accomplish in the past 6 years certainly, it cannot be accomplished in the next years.

    • Uzoma

      The good thing, though, is that GMB is not an unknown quantity. He’s been the head of State before, a maximum one at that. What were his legacies? It’s easy to make up our minds who we want to vote for–for whatever reasons–and then start finding excuses. I don’t know, for example, Jonathan is responsible for providing drinking water or good hospitals in your state. Regarding electricity, to say you do not have constant supply is, to my mind, not a fair way to approach the problem. The question is: has supply significantly improved compared to six years ago? I can look myself in the mirror and, with a straight face, answer: “Yes, significantly!” If you have three children who have come out of the university, then you certainly were around the last time GMB was head of State. You probably remember that when he was overthrown by Babangida, there was mass jubilation in the streets, across the country. That’s not how you celebrate a success. What has he done in the interim to turn from a “villain” to a hero?

      Mind you, this is not to say GEJ hasn’t made mistakes or that Nigeria is where it ought to be–all things considered. Instead, it is to say one can only vote for GMB based on promises that he will do better than Jonathan but, more importantly, based on promises that he will do better than he did the last time around. So you can see we have come full circle and you’re still voting on promises and propaganda, instead of based on facts on ground. I suspect that if you still go ahead and vote for GMB on 28 March, which is your prerogative, and by some fluke he emerges victorious, four years down the road, when you ask yourself, how did his government impact my life and that of my children, you’ll be answering with an unqualified “Zilch!” because not even the one-meal-a-day for all Nigerian school children would have been kept. Why? First, he would have ridden to power on the back of the same people who have impoverished Nigerians while enriching themselves silly–and, let us not pretend, these are mostly people know how to insist on adequate returns on their investments. Second, no one can hope to pull Nigeria out of its problems if they don’t even understand some of these are outlook problems. Which reminds me, I hear GMB has promised to increase crude prices on the world market. Good luck, Nigeria!

      Have a blessed Sunday, sir!

      • okpooliseneku62@gmail.com

        WELL WRITTEN

      • Rexmond

        Uzoma, I like your very civilized, albeit polite response to David Ogun. This is to make your points without calling others names, very well said.

        • Uzoma

          Thank you, sir. You’re right there is no point hurling insults at one another when they are more likely to listen to our point of view if we are polite.

        • David

          God bless you

      • nonyerem

        obviously, you are not a good judge, if you were; you would have also noted that there were more jubilations when General Buhari led group overthrew the Shehu Shagari presidency than there were when Buhari was overthrown. Nigeria under Buhari was much more better than it has been from Babangida era to date. So I do not understand what you are basing your argument on. Do not be biased and keep tribal sentiment aside, think of what is best for Nigeria. Jonathan has failed us, the truth is bitter, but it has to be told.

        • Engr C.M U

          Jonathan has not failed. He has tried to deliver some things. The present no of federal civil servants are so small compared to the no of work applicants and our resources cannot even pay a living wage. How do you think that the whole no of applicants can be employed by the FG. The states workers pay are even poorer. People have to look out for other things to do and private firms unfortunately pay even less due to greed. With all the billions of Naira profit they declare they should be paying better and employ more people so that the profit is reduced. We are indeed a poor country both in resources and ideas to move the country forward. No good laws and the judiciary is not helping matters. God help us. It is not what an old man with old ideas like APC candidate can make an impact.

          • nonyerem

            I think president Jonathan has failed us, he also knows he has failed, and that’s why he is spending so much money to buy his way through, the only problem is this time around, he is not sure it’s going to work out in his favor. He thinks nemesis is catching up with him as it is looking like karma is descending from a great height to crush him into pieces.

          • Dotun Karim

            Where did you get that title “Engr.”? Your reasoning is very shallow. When a government creates employment is it in the civil service alone they create it? Don’t force me to say that you are foolish in your thinking. Even if I want to assume that you are not, imagine the irritating excuses you are alluring to your stupid point. Nigeria can afford the several billions being wasted or siphoned by Jonathan and his fellow mediocre? I hope your head too is not as empty as that of “Dr.”?
            To expose you to some learning, #1billion Naira, can go a long way in creating employment, impact on the economy and probably put food on the table of at least hundreds of thousands of Nigerians. That is if there is a right thinking occupant of that office.
            In your little mind, it is only civil service the Federal Govt will put people when it creates employment. How I wish you’re well baked and intelligent!

          • wole9ja

            Dotun,
            Noyerem is one of the beneficiaries of the Tshirts and Packed gari and sugar distributed by GEJ and his cohorts. No sane nigerians who had seen 1984 and is still living leave GMB and vote for JEG or GEJ .

          • 5rancis_Canad5

            Please fellow Nigerians, I do acknowledge your feelings and emotion, but why abuse and insult your brothers n sister. Hear me, GMB n GEJ will dine together and still laugh at how people are so gullible.. Let me advise, simply block your emotions on any of these candidates, go back and appraise them again look deeply into the wisdom of their submissions and promises. You will step out , and reverse your judgement. I am not partisan. But I pick some interest because am a concerned Nigerian. And because I refused to be emotional, I have appraise them and thank God I was around to know both very well. GEJ, has not been fantastic as I expected, but his push on Agric, and using Manitoba Energy to now install 18 transmission plants ( we never had one real one before the current revamping of Kaiji damp abandoned all these years, the airport, n some roads) score just average may be 55%. Now to GMB, I like his apparent disposition, but I demand to know where is the $2.8m appearing under his name in Natwest bank in the 80s disappeared to? After 34 years leaving power, he could not further his education( Gowon went straight for an 8 year program came out with a PhD) GMB did nothing academic, professionalism , did nothing even in Business. 34years of idleness? And suddenly he can magically solve all Nigeria problems? Then out of carelessness allow crooks , thieves to be his sponsor? What will he expect from. Tinubu when he ascend the throng? Where is the N25 B unaccounted for in the N180b P tF contract. Why did his brother inlaw suddenly died, just weeks after been asked to come render account. These are my worries. He may want to work but obviously not ready nor prepared for it. He lacks the capacity. Just the way am annoyed with Fashola allowing Tinubu to slow down or completely stop the speed of his work in lagos. And lagos went to sleep for 5 years. Same will happen if G mB wins as same Tinubu will repeat same threat to. GMB. Oh you think he can’t? Wait and see. May GOd give whoever has the best interest of Nigeria the key to Aso Rock.

  • iroanya

    Iam proud of you christian, At least we have sensible igbo man in the sports industry.not charades like kalu nwankwo, musical harlot like onyeka ownenu and co.

    • AGU

      did he tell that he will vote for Buhari the jihadist?

      • Bereo

        Yes, he said so. Read the article line by line again.

        • okpooliseneku62@gmail.com

          YOU LAIR .HE DID NOT SAY SO

        • AGU

          you are reading another storyline.

      • PoorManPikin

        ur father is a killer! idiot

        • AGU

          poor

          • PoorManPikin

            CASTRATED PIGLET

          • AGU

            slave

          • PoorManPikin

            ur mother!!!!!!

          • PoorManPikin

            YOUR MUM IS A ROGUE

    • PoorManPikin

      correct guy!

    • Ripple Effect

      This bunkum is written by Segun Odegbami and not Chairman Chukwu. Segun fell out of favor with the government as a result the perceived President’s involvement in returning Keshi as the SE coach hence this blab. It(s a pity how gullible Nigerians fell for the empty-headed article fashioned to win a few votes for the ‘once upon a time dictator’ suddenly turned ‘democrat’. In a sane clime,Buhari would be doing jail time instead,for truncating democracy. He even included the names of Chukwu, Amiesimaka,Sylvanus Opkala and co,who are strong supporters of Jonathan. APC uses propaganda to attract sympathy and score cheap political points.

    • nonyerem

      why are you insulting Nigerian celebrities because of difference of opinions. WE DO NOT HAVE TO AGREE ON EVERYTHING, THAT IS DEMOCRACY. The only thing we have to agree on is to be civil in our disagreements.

  • Maxx, Canada

    It hurts me so much to see the volume of promises Jonathan has been giving to the west and to the north, and so may sections of the country. How is he going to accomplish that? I bet you it will all be empty promises and that is what Nigerians have been living through for so many years now.

    • okpooliseneku62@gmail.com

      WHAT OF BUHARI HE PROMISE AND FAILED BEFORE. BUHARI TALK LIKE AN ANGEL AND ACT LIKE A DEVIL

  • grelia one

    Jonathan may not have done what Chukwu expects for sports or for the country. The real question should be what Buhari, if he is Chukwu’s choice, will do better than Jonathan. Under Jonathan’s watch, Nigerian men and women have ruled Africa in soccer and our boys have rule the world in the same sport. The last time I checked, those victories count as achievements. Is Chukwu telling us that the triumphs recorded under Jonathan mean less that his 1980 team because Jonathan is the president? Chukwu is a national hero, and we all love him. He should not diminish himself by singling out and denigrating Jonathan for system-wide failure that started way before this presidential term. What was the state of the National Stadium under Yar’adua and OBJ? Did Chukwu come down this hard on those presidents? If the former skipper must be front and center in this discussion, he must be objective. Otherwise, he risks a serious erosion of his integrity. I will hate for that to happen to him because he and his team mates, dead and alive, are my heroes.

    • Chidi

      Please if you can read this again.. i suspect that the article is written by Segun Odegbami. now read…
      On behalf of all 22 of us, including Emmanuel Okala, Sylvanus Okpala, Felix Owolabi, Shefiu Mohammed, John Orlando, Frank Nwachi, Christian Chukwu, Ifeanyi Onyedika, Henry Nwosu, Moses Effiong, Charles Bassey, Godwin Odiye, David Adiele, Kadiri Ikhana, Adokie Amiesimaka and I, With this, it is clear that Segun Odegbami’s name is omitted and Christian chukwu is not an editor for Guadian newspaper. Any the Writer is entitle to his opinion, it highlights the decay in sports industry in Nigeria.. so sad

      • okpooliseneku62@gmail.com

        OFCAUSE HE IS THE ONE BECAUSE HIS NAME IS MISSING

    • PoorManPikin

      idiot

    • Engr C.M U

      Governance is a collective responsibility. U cannot separate the Executive from the legislature made up of all our politicians of all parties and the judiciary. we are making headway only that it is slow. We need more transformation of many areas of our lives. Civilians are better than military leaders. Once a military always a military. We are still in the learning curve. Old habits die hard. The system has been corrupt from the beginning of the country when we adopted contracting system to provide services. Even the Americans will always ” what is in this thing for me” even with the living wage they have.

      • Dotun Karim

        Mr. you are really stupid and foolish with all these nonsense you are writing. I hope you are not grooming some more idiots to reason like you?

    • Liminus Oti

      The promises and allowances Buhari and IBB owed him has been cleared by Jonathan, and now he has the strength to shout so that he can get appointment

  • THANK U CHAIRMAN CHRISTIAN CHUKWU U WELL ARTICULATED WRITE UP IS NOTED. I FEEL ASHAMED THAT WE HAVE NOT COME OF AGE NOT ONLY IN SPORTS BUT IN EVERY THING ON THIS EARTH. WELL VOTE YOUR CHOICE AND LETS PUT OUR HOPE IN GOD FOR THE BEST. THE BEST TO HAVE THOUGHT OF DOING IS NOT TO VOTE, BUT THAT WOULD NT BE GOOD, PLS GO VOTE YOUR CHOICE WITH THE MIND SET OF SOME ONE U KNOW THAT WOULD HELP US OUT OF THE SHAME AS A NATION. WELDONE

  • okpooliseneku62@gmail.com

    and I guess the writer is segun odegbame WE THAT GROWN UP AT THAT TIME WILL NEVER FORGET THAT DAY,WE ALSO REMEMBER THE ONE AND ONLY THE LATE ANEX OKONKWOR THE NATIONAL COMENTATOR

    • David

      The best commentator ever. As for gej please let him go back to his village to rest and enjoy his wealth.

  • okpooliseneku62@gmail.com

    AS FOR ME I WILL VOTE GEJ .BUHARI WAS HERE BERORE AND FAILED VERY BADLY ,WITHTIME GEJ REFORMATION WILL WORK FOR NIGERIA GIVE GEJ MORE TIME

  • Rev

    This piece brought a tear to my eyes…
    The NIGERIAN is Blessed!

  • Agboola

    I believe in a well lead Nigeria can and will achieve great things.
    GMD and GEJ should not be the issue.But the collective survival of Nigeria and our children born or unborn.
    Let me remind us again that our time is borrowed from that of our children which we are accountable for in the future.
    When asked by our children the actions taken when things were going bad,would we just smile or act ignorant?
    The fathers in Lybia,Egypt and Syria pushed aside the chance in time to make changes to tyrants while it had not grown teethes and had guns but they had youth and population.
    They were afraid of the struggle,for their children and death.Today,those children are dying with their children and finally without a Nation.
    lesson to learn is that we are the ones that matters after all.Not them 9politicians).WE are the Nation and not them.
    Please remember WE are the ones and WE are peace.
    LET THEM KNOW,WE ARE PEACE AND NOT VIOLENCE OR HATE.
    WE ARE NIGERIANS THE MOST PEACEFUL PEOPLE IN THE WORLD.

  • Demo

    I have always adored Christian Chukwu and i am not disappointed in this write up. Chukwu has always caught my fancy as a clear thinking focused man. I support you and i will like you to try to continue your write up and point the attention of incoming leaders to this problem. Luckily i used to be close to Bro Felix Owolabi when we were in University of Lagos together in Mariere Hall but lost touch now. Keep it up. My email is lademoyeng@gmail.com.

  • Asuquo Bassey

    President GEJ has performed well in Sport, under his administration, Nigeria won AFCON Cup, qualify for World, reach second round and coach by a Nigerian Stephen Keshi. Nigeria won FIFA under 17, won Women African Nation Cup, qualify for women world Cup, performed very well in Commonwealth Game, recently won African Youth Cup for Under 20, perform creditably well. More sporting infrastructure are being built by Federal and State government. God bless Nigeria.

    • apapo1

      Those are repeated histories. None of these achievements is new, and you should know it if you were old enough. Nigeria has qualified for World Cup before and reached the second round; has won the U17 cup over and over, even consecutively; has won African Cup twice; before Jonathan left High School (and he knows it); Nigeria has participated in world football cup over and over again before Jonathan became president; Nigeria has won medals in Olympics gams ; and several in Commonwealth games; and Nigeria even won the FIFA U21 world cup before Jonathan became president. So go away with all the litany of accolades that you a presenting as firsts. And if during his time, Uganda, Rwanda, Equatorial Guinea, and South Africa would come to Nigeria to defeat the same Eagles, than mention that, or it does not matter to you? Stop flaunting these things at us. It is not pleasant.

  • gejmustgo

    OVER 50
    INCONTROVERTIBLE REASONS WHY JONATHAN REMAINS A HUGE MISTAKE….

    INSECURITY OF LIVES AND PROPERTIES WITH OVER 4 MILLION NIGERIANS EITHER
    DISPLACED OR KILLED WITHIN 6 YRS OF IRRESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENT

    INABILITY TO RESCUE OVER 200 CHIBOK GIRLS KIDNAPPED BY TERORISTS

    MONUMENTAL CORRUPTION AT ALL LEVEL (THE MISSING N30 TRILLION NAIRA
    WITHIN 6 YRS).

    FIRST FAMILY FOOD ALLOWANCE OF N1BILLION NAIRA WHILE 12 MILLION CHILDREN
    IN NIGERIA GO TO BED WITHOUT FOOD

    MAINTAINING SEVEN (7) JETS IN THE PRESIDENTIAL FLEETS WHILE 125 MILLION
    NIGERIANS LIVE BELOW POVERTY LEVEL.

    INABILITY TO MANAGE NIGERIAN ECONOMY. DECEVING NIGERIAN WITH USELESS
    ECONOMY REBASING THAT DOES NOT TRANSLATE TO IMPROVED WELFARE FOR NIGERIANS

    TURNING NNPC TO HIS GOVT ATM

    90% OF PROMISES MADE IN 2011 NOT KEPT

    WORLD RICHEST PRESIDENT VIA DAY LIGHT LOOTING OF TREASURY

    FAILURE TO PROBE EKITIGATE ELECTION FRAUD

    FAILURE TO ACT ON THE DESECRATING OF THE JUDICIARY IN EKITI STATE
    (BEATING OF JUDGE BY AYO FAYOSE THUGS)

    SPONSORING ANARCHY IN EKITI STATE AND RIVER STATE THROUGH MINORITY IN
    THE STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY

    OBVIOUS CLUELESSNESS ABOUT GOVERNANCE WITH NO VISION OTHER THAN LOOTING

    PLANNING TO SCUTTLE NIGERIA DEMOCRACY THROUGH UNDERHAND PLANS TO RIG
    ELECTION, CAUSE VIOLENCE AND CONSTITUTE INTERIM GOVERNMENT

    PROSECUTING ELECTIONS WITH SOLDERS WHILE THE COUNTRY IS UNDER TERORIST
    ATTACK

    UNGUARDED, USELESS AND INCITING STATEMENTS FROM UNCOUTH AND BARBARIC
    FIRSTLADY (STONING THE OPPOSITION)

    FIRST LADY LACK OF RESPECT FOR ELDERS AND SENIOR CITIZENS OF NIGERIA

    POWER INTOXICATED FIRST LADY AND HER DESPERATION FOR POWER

    NATIONAL ASSEMBLY INVASION BY POLICE

    WITHDRAWAL OF THE SPEAKER SECURITY DETAILS TO SETTLE SCORES

    FAILURE TO ACT ON STELLA ODUAH AVIATION SCAM (THE BULLET PROOF CARS…)

    FAILURE TO PROBE ALLISON MADUEKE 10 BILLION NAIRA PLANE LEASING SCAM

    MISSING POLICE PENSION FUNDS

    MISSING $20 BILLION AND SACKING OF THE WHISTLEBLOWER

    PRESIDENTIAL BACKING AND SHIELDING OF CRIMINALS AND FRAUDSTERS FROM
    JUSTICE ( KASHAMU BURUJI, AYO FAYOSE, FANI
    KAYODE, OBANIKORO, STELLA ODUAH, ALIMODU SHERIF, JELILI ADESIYAN, ETC

    $9MILLION AND ANOTHER $5.9MILLION ARMS DEAL EMBARRASSMENT IN SOUTH AFRICA

    INABILITY TO PROSECUTE FARUK LAWAN, OTEDOLA AND OTHER SUBSIDY THIEVES

    FAILURE TO PROBE IMMIGRATION JOB SCAM

    DEPLETING EXTERNAL RESERVES TO DEFRAY CAMPAIGN AND ELECTION COST

    COMPROMISING TRADITIONAL INSTITUTIONS WITH BRIBERY IN DOLLARS THEREBY
    TEMPTING THE TRADITIONAL RULERS BEYOND THIER LEVEL OF RESISTANCE

    DESECRATING OF PASTORS WITH N7 BILLION BRIBE

    DEVALUATION OF NAIRA TO N250 TO $1

    OIL THEFT INCREASE (500,000 BARREL A DAY)

    REWARDING THIEVES WITH NATIONAL HONOURS AND APPOINTMENTS

    CRIPPLING OF THE EFCC

    REFUSAL TO FIX NIGERIAN REFINERIES

    SLASHING PETROL PUMP PRICE AND ELECTRICITY TARIFF DAYS TO THE ELECTION
    TO DECEIVE NIGERIANS AS USUAL.

    POLARIZATION OF NIGERIA LABOUR CONGRESS

    FRAUDULENT KEROSENE SUBSIDY

    LAST MINUTE FIGHTING OF INSURGENCY AFTER MILLIONS OF LIVES HAD BEEN LOST

    SENTENCING SOLDIERS TO DEATH FOR ASKING FOR WEAPONS TO FIGHT

    DIRECTLY SUPPORTING AND PAYING 10MILLION USD AS SALARY TO TERORIST ASARI
    AND TERRORIST TOMPOLO AMONGST OTHERS

    CONVERSION OF MOPOL TO MEIGUARD OF THE RICH WHILE THE POOR WALLOW IN
    ABJECT INSECURITY; AND USING REGULAR POLICE AS POLITICAL THUGS! (MBU)

    POSTPONING ELECTIONS TO GAIN UNDUE ADVANTAGE

    SENDING TROOPS TO LOOK FOR SAMBISA FOREST IN TINUBU’S IKOYI HOUSE

    GIVING AIT 10BILLION TO AIR FALSE AND NEGATIVE VIDEOS ON APC.

    REJECTION OF THE CARD READER TO RIG ELECTION

    CONFIRMATION OF [OBANIKORO] THE ELECTION RIGGER AS A MINISTER

    FAILURE TO PUBLICLY DECLARE HIS ASSETS SAYING “I DON’T GIVE A
    DAMN”

    BURNING OF INEC OFFICE DAYS TO ELECTION TO FRUSTRATE THE COMMISION

    SPONSORING OF ETHNIC MILITIAS TO STOP POLLS (E.G. MASSOB, OPC)

    EMBARASSING PHONE CALL TO THE MOROCCAN KING…

    TREATING TERORISM WITH KID GLOVE: BLAMING OPPOSITION INSTEAD OF ACTING

    DANCING AZONTO IN KANO THE SAME DAY 47 PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN ABUJA BY
    BOKO HARRAM

    DENYING AND DISCARDING THE ONE TERM AGREEMENT MADE WITH PDP IN 2011.

    UNNECESSARILY
    PRESURISING FANI KAYODE VIA THE APPOINTMENT AS DIRECTOR OF MEDIA

    AND PUBLICITY OF PDP CAMPAIGN ORGANISATION, FORCING HIM (FANI) TO
    RELAPSE INTO HIS OLD LIFESTYLE OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE (OMO FOWO MUGBO)

    …….AND STILL COUNTING…

    • Engr C.M U

      You are not realistic at all. Mr President has done more than others that have ruled Nigerian. Search for the records by your self.

  • massob

    I love Chairman Chukwu but I think his anger is misdirected. There is too much politics in Nigerian sports these days, that is why things are not moving well. I thank those who still believe in Nigerian sports.I have never seem a country that hate themselves like ours. Most of those running our sports never kicked a football. The players that are doing this country proud are not paid even though the money is there. What are these people doing with money? One only need to sleep in one room a night , drive one care at a time.Nigeria Ronu!
    My final note, Chairman thank you for bring the memory of 1980 to those of who witnessed the moment and to who were not born then. It takes also back to Mehala saw Wahala in Enugu in the hands of Rangers

    • David

      Well said. Nine months on, nff is yet to appoint a head coach to lead Eagles. We like to do our things the other way around.

  • ISIGUZO DAVID

    I think, Chukwu is entitled to his own opinion. However, he should know that corruption in NFF and other our sport bodies and the undue interferrence of FIFA in local sport administrations are the bane of our woes in sports. Otherwise, how can one justify FIFA’s rule that a govt that funds NFF cannot intervene and resolve its internal crises which has continued to lead to situations like the prolonged and protracted contractual cross-road between the NFF and Keshi who deserves a better contract after achieving things Chukwu himself could not achieve as super eagles coach. Is Chukwu trying to tell us that the 1980 nation cup trophy they won is superior than the one won by Keshi and his boys under Jonathan? Has Chukwu not witnessed other glorious victories in sports under this administration? If he wants to comment on national issues next time, he should be more objective and touch all relevant facts.

    • apapo1

      Please, leave FIFA out of this. How do you make such admirable point and you want to overextend your argument and spoil it all in the process. FIFA land on our neck how many times in a year? And if we want to belong in an organization, we have to obey it’s laws; if we can’t, then we get out. Not every organization, especially those that have membership from more civilized populations, will live with the impunity of Nigerian leaders. Impunity, in our international relations, is our bane. Or have you heard FIFA ump on La Cote D’Ivoir (Ivoty Coast), or Togo, Benin Republic, South Africa, etc. And they are also African countries. We are a different breed of pompous, spoilt brats who want to think in reverse.

      • ISIGUZO DAVID

        I appreciate your sounding very civilized. That our opinions differ does not make your opinion intellectually unsound. However, the point I I made about FIFA is that in most cases, the FIFA laws and rules prevents the government from intervening in NFF affairs when there is obvious good reasons for that. For instance, the Federal govt funds NFF, but when the NFF chairman or any other key official is fooling around, they end up hiding under FIFA rules of noninterference. Corruption and bad politics in NFF has continued to enthrone talk-more-do-nothing kind of leadership in NFF like the current leadership under the man I will prefer to call PICNIC.

  • Asuanana Etuk Sr.

    I was there at lagos and the memory is still alive, I was in the Army then at Oshodi. If after the National election Buhari wins, Nigeria is still going to suffer. He was the Commander in but no sooner tha his deputy left the country, he was defeated, kicked out of office. If he could not keep his feet when he has absolute authority, how then can he succeed in the democracy? Hey! mr Chuku I personally would have voted for you if you have contested as a president.

  • Asuanana Etuk Sr.

    I mean commander in chief