Former Minister of Youth and Sports development, Solomon Dalung has been told to face whatever political ambition he is nursing, instead of spewing baseless conspiracy theories about the nation’s Sports sector.
Dalung was quoted in the media as saying the two-year international ban on basketball approved by President Muhammadu Buhari was targeted at D’Tigress, the female national basketball team. “It defies logic that a former Sports Minister could spew such a conspiracy theory when the current Sports Minister pulled all stops to ensure the ladies went to Serbia for the qualifiers of the World Cup at the height of the basketball crisis”, stated Danlami Umaru.
Umaru, a basketball enthusiast, reminded Dalung that Sports Minister Dare would not have sourced for money for the female basketball team to travel to Serbia if he wanted to get back at them for whatever reason.
“It defies logic really for anybody to think the way Dalung did. The Sports Ministry has gotten the President’s approval to pay oustanding allowances of the players. If the ladies are complaining about unpaid bonuses, it must be the promise the NBBF made to them, which was well documented”, added Danlami.
The basketball enthusiast is also surprised a reporter with a national TV station fell for the bait of Dalung. “Whatever has happened to investigative journalism. Journalists are trained to inform and educate and not to speculate or conjure up illogical conspiracy theories. The reporter only proved he has disdain for Dare and didn’t mind if his reputation is dragged in the mud”.
“We are paying attention. Their lies are being punctured. We know Dalung well .He has spent the better part of his time out of office attacking President Buhari and the party that gave him the opportunity to serve Nigeria. He is searching for money and relevance. Unfortunately, no one pays him any attention”, Umaru concluded.