By Amos Mathew Kaduna
Kaduna based Athletics Ambassador Nuhu Yusuf has accused Nigeria’s Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare for the lingering crisis in Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) which culminated in producing two heads of the body in Kebbi and Abuja, urging President Buhari to call Dare to order before he plunged the nation’s athletics into an irredeemable damage.
Mr. Yusuf while insisting Ibrahim Shehu Gusau remained the duly elected President of AFN, wondered the rationale behind Dare’s action of supporting an illegality over legitimate President and duly constituted board of AFN.
He disclosed that Dare’s action was vindictive and ran contrary to the provision establishing the sport body, vesting power of calling for a congress in its President, adding that Gusau led board had performed creditably well to the admiration of all.
He particularly mentioned Gusau’s achievements to include successful hosting of CAA Championship Region II, developing home based athlets to global standard, prioritizing welfare of members, attracting sponsorship from high-tech companies such as Puma among others.
He decried bad image the perennial crisis and meddlesome attitudes of the Minister had already caused Nigeria home and abroad, hinting that the nation may come under hammer from World Athletics Federation if the embarrassing situation in AFN was not checkmated by the presidency.
Yusuf commended Gusau for conducting a free, fair and credible election in Kabbi state, which got him reelected, a development he attributed to popularity he said Gusau enjoyed from virtually all 36 states of the federation, including the FCT.
The Athletics Ambassador revealed that several delegates were coerced and prevailed upon on the behest of the minister not to attend the legitimate Kebbi congress which eventually returned Gusau as duly elected President of AFN, describing the Abuja’s congress as null and void which would not stand scrutinies from courts or any relevant sport authorities.