Jamboree, Interrupted: FG says no “official Nigerian delegation” to London Olympics

by Hauwa Gambo

Yesterday’s Federal Executive Council meet was one for action movie fans.

There, the minister of defence declared that Nigeria now produces bullet-proof vests, the minister of health promised to save 1 million lives and Labaran Maku was there to inform Nigerians that youth corps members will be safe in volatile states.

And there’s yet more: the minsiter of Sports announced at the end of the meeting that the president has outlawed any official delegation to this year’s London Olympics.

According to agency reports, “Abdullahi assured that there will be no
room for jamboree which have been the usual practice in the past, where government officials with little or nothing to do at sporting events, are dispatched to attend thereby constituting nuisance in most cases and also ending up distracting the athletes.

“The unprecedented move by President Jonathan, according to the minister, was aimed at cutting cost and getting the athletes focused.

“Abdullahi also briefed the FEC on the performance of Nigeria at the African Athletics Championships where the country recorded impressive results and set three new African records.”

Somewhere in Abuja, someone is shedding tears.

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