NB: The concluding part of the article ‘Quickly remove nails in Nigeria’s Coffin- or we die!’ is postponed on account of Commonwealth Games, CWG-2022.
However – Urgent: government should pay back-salaries with positive measures, already suggested, to facilitate ASUU’s return. Nigeria may not survive a nationwide sympathy workers strike and it will also weaponise murderous terrorists.
Nigeria has had WAR DECLARED AGAINST IT and the Commander-in-Chief must reply with a massive salvo. Daily presidential condolences cannot stop the laughter of terrorists at the slaughter of unarmed citizens. The blood of over 10,000 dead soldiers, police and civilians since January added to the huge number already dead and displaced cry out for justice!
Nigeria must declare war back, mobilise and recruit one million men and women at arms. We need our commandos clearing forests. The terrorists kill mercilessly.
Even in this darkest hour of Nigeria’s survival, Nigeria’s youth sparkle hopefully…
To misquote Winston Churchill,1940 ‘Never was so much owed by so many (Nigerians) to so few’ youth in Team Nigeria CWG-2022.
Who let down Team Nigeria before Gino Ruffinato, Manager, MG Sportswear supplied kit in two days? The CWG-2022 was no secret. Sports Kit is in standard loose sizes. Period. A competition between Nigeria’s top fashionistas should have produced kit three months ago.
‘Arise O compatriots’ and congratulate Team Nigeria’s, 94 athletes-strong members for the heroism, thousands of hours of training tenacity and patriotism of our winning and participating athletes, fantastic coaches, technical crew, visionaries, talent scouts and those whose financial empowerment enabled the team to triumph at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham UK. No warped federal character assassination, just performance. Some sweat for success bringing laurels while others ‘rule’ and are absent.
‘And the winners are’ and include… Weight-lifting: Olarinoye Adijat [G], Lawal Rafiatu Folashade [G], Oluwafemiayo Folashade [G], [Para,CWRecord], Bose Omolayo [G], Taiwo Laidi [S], Ikechukwu Obichukwu [S] Edidiong Joseph Umoafia [B].Mary Taiwo Osijo [B],Yusuf Ismaiyat [B], Innocent Nnamdi [B]; Wrestling: Odunayo Adekuoroye [G ], Blessing Oborodudu [G], Ebikewenimo Welson [S], Hannah Reuben [S], Ogbonna John [B], Esther Kolawole [B], Discus: Chioma Onyekwere [G], Obiageri Amechi [B]. 100m Hurdles: Tobi Amusan [G] [G] [CWG Record], African &CWG &World Champion], Para Shot Put Njideka Iyiazi [G] [CWRecord], Ugochi Alam [B]; Boxing: Cynthia Ogunsenolore [B], Innocent Onyekwere; Para table tennis Faith Obazuaye [B];Isau Ogunkunle [B]; 4X100M F-Tobi Amusan, Favour Ofili, Rosemary Chukuma, Grace Nwokocha [G], [Afr Record]; 200M: Favour Ofili [S], 4X100M: Four names M [B]. Long jump Ese Brume [G] [CW Record] and others won later …wow!! A true 2022 Hall of Fame following greats since Ikejiani.
Of course, many gallant participants triumphed over others but sadly ‘The podium is small though champions are many’. We salute the role model, fearless Team Nigeria, ‘young and bold’. Teachers, let their posters spread like wildfire in schools from the newspapers.
Note that the CWG-2022 offered 19 different sports and para-sports in 280 events for approximately 136 G-S-B medals, females and 135 G-S-B medals, males and 10 G-S-B in mixed events. As of Sunday, Nigeria [population 160m+-not 200m ooo!] has won approximately 35 out of the approximately 440 medals, 9% of the medals. Meanwhile on Sunday with Australia 172 medals [population 27m], England 167 [pop. 67m], Canada 90 [pop 38m]’, India 55 [pop 1.4b] New Zealand 48 [pop 5m], Scotland 48** medals [pop 5m**], Nigeria 35 [pop 160m], Wales 27 [pop 3m]. Please note that WALES, SCOTLAND, ENGLAND, NORTHERN IRELAND COMPETED WITH SPORTING SPIRIT AS SEPARATE COUNTRIES -A HUGE LESSON FOR NIGERIA AT THIS CROSSROADS.
Compare our youth opportunities to other countries. Nigeria must expand its event base into cycling, shooting, squash, swimming and water events and even archery which only requires acquiring ten specialised bows and arrows for use of all-comers to identify eagle-eyed talent for ‘coaching to perfection’ by CWG 2026.
There are also many other ball sports besides football. Politicians stop ‘votes buying’ and ‘buy balls’, javelins, shot puts, hurdles, long and high jump sticks and poles for pole vault and ropes etc. for gymnastics all made by local carpenters and welders with triple and long jump pitches and foam landing mats and cycles and para-cycles. Many coastal and river dwellers and swimming pools could take on kayaking and serious swimming, watersports and diving. Many champions in Nigeria remain untested, undiscovered, denied talent hunts and ‘Weapons of the Sports War’
Sport is a joyfully participatory weapon against poverty, pleasing participants and fans and are sometimes an entrepreneurial success.
Use sports or lose the war against youth boredom creating crime! Governors ignore advice to provide every sport in every school and let the talent find its level-‘Talent Revelation’. Sport is a serious mind-over-matter ‘occupation’ empowering youth, Nigeria has a generation of millions of youth denied sports development educational facilities due to political failures. The fire brigade approach to sports is ‘sports terrorism’ preventing Nigeria from shining. We abandon sports facilities to decay. With stadia refurbishment, give youth individualised support.
Politicians always seize the photo-op with self-made medalists ignored except for dedicated coaches. Politicians promoting entrepreneurship ignore sport and should apologise for failure to establish 5-20 years well-funded conduit pipe feeding a computerised ‘Simple Sports Ladder’ for youth talent scout hunting, high protein/vitamin foods, and coaching and also employment/sustenance stipends in every single Olympic sport.
Properly funded, many youth will leave indolence, boredom and thuggery and under coaching guidance and enter field, track, water and even motorcycle sports. Governors provide sport for youth development. Remember Ogbemudia??
Is this the CW2022 the last proud C-W-G flag flying, anthem inspiring, ‘emotional and musical interlude’ before Nigeria faces its terrorist demons at home and imported?