by Adesina Oluwaseun
I have critically watched with keen observation the various presidential candidate in the February 14 Presidential election in Nigeria. None has mentioned or discussed on how they will transform our sport sector around for good after the election.
Sport is the only weapon that can create unaccountable number of jobs for the jobless Nigerian youth, without any argument, every family is blessed with a natural born ability most especially in the area of sports that can help boost income for the immediate family.
What the Nigerian youth need from the government is a well equipped ultra modern mini sport complex at least in each local government to develop their sporting skills and also help to discover their in-born great sporting skills.
Sport can be used to fight against terrorism without killing a soul or using any weapon nor spending billions of Naira , it’s just very simple in every sporting event we see ourselves as one Nigeria regardless of our ethnicity, religion, or tribe, we unite together to bring back our national glory.
There is nothing stopping our various levels of government to organize the Presidential/Governor’s/Chairman’s football/basketball/volleyball/table tennis competition etc, which will be played in the political ward across the federation to bring unity and let Nigerians know that though tongue’s/tribe might differ but in brotherhood we stand.
I guess if this had been done earlier before now, the leader of the masked group called Boko haram “Shekau” will either be representing Nigeria in one sporting event or the other. I believe the only tool that can stop terrorism is sports.
Sport brings international recognition and investors into the country, if we all build up our sport sector right, young men and women will be exported outside the country to play the trade of sport at the international scene. Sport also eradicates idleness, therefore will be a tool that will aid in keeping our youths off the streets.
Sport should be an integral part of what any sincere government should place as a priority.
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