Misbahu Didi, the President of Para-Soccer Federation of Nigeria (PFN), says the renaming of Abuja National Stadium after the late Moshood Abiola is a welcome development in the country’s sports sector.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that President Muhammadu Buhari renamed the Abuja National Stadium after the late Abiola during the inaugural Democracy Day celebration on Wednesday in Abuja.
Didi, while reacting to the development on Thursday in Abuja said the late Abiola, popularly referred to as M.K.O. Abiola, deserved the honour because he contributed immensely to Nigeria’s sports development.
“Philanthropists in the country should emulate Abiola’s virtues as a pillar of sports, so that sports can improve in the country.
“With this, President Buhari has indeed recognised and remembered M.K.O’s efforts in the development of sports in Nigeria,’’ he said.
Didi however appealed to President Buhari to show more concern and support for sports in the country so as to further enhance the development of the sports industry in Nigeria.
“Every sports federation has about five events in their line-up of programmes, but they cannot execute them because of lack of funding.
“The Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and the philanthropists nowadays cannot sponsor sports activities single-handedly, and this makes governments to be our last resort for support.
“Now we don’t have philanthropists like M.K.O. Abiola anymore to sponsor and support sports activities in Nigeria, and this is killing our sports presently.
“But if the Federal Government, the NGOs and the philanthropists can join hands together to invest in the development of sports, Nigeria can compete with any country in the world.
“We have the raw talents who can represent the country and make us proud, but how are we going to discover them if there are no funds to organise competitions at the zonal and national levels,” he said.(NAN)
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