How Saliu Mustapha Is Beating Bolaji Abdullahi In The Development Of Kwara Sports
A leader is unarguably defined as someone who bears an all round influence on his or her subjects.
Much to that, he takes every angle of their dwellings as his responsibility and is always ready to take glory of any positive development and negative.
Checking through the annals of sports development in Kwara State, one will be disappointed not to get hold of any impact of Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi who was once a Minister of Youth and Sports.
As we speak, the current Minister of Youth and Sports in the country Sunday Dare, has been able to attract a youth and sports development centre to his hometown, organized different competitions from football, Table Tennis and Marathon with the view of giving back to the society and also empower the youth.
It’s quite unfortunate that today, Mallam Abdullahi can’t point to a single achievement to the development of the Ilorin Emirate in the angle of Sports development.
Why is it important to talk about this now? It has become necessary to elucidate the dossiers of the two major candidates vying to represent the good people of Kwara Central in the House of Senate in order to help the electorates make an informed decision when the election comes.
Against the run of Play, the disposition of Mallam Saliu Mustapha towards sports development recently has signalled a great future for the Emirate, which has over time been punching below her weights.
For the purpose of record, Saliu Mustapha lately single handedly threw the gate open for Kwarans to witness Kwara United’s last league game in the 2021 /2022 NPFL season and also paid the bonuses of all the players which boosted their morale to get continental ticket.
This gesture has not only propelled the team in their bid to become a top team in the country but has also handed them their age long dream of playing Continental games which was last played 11 years ago.
Surprisingly, Mallam Mustapha was also personally on ground to watch and cheer Kwara United at the Kwara State Stadium Complex, while Bolaji Abdullahi has never in any ways supported the Harmony Boys.
It must be noted that Kwara United is a team that brings all Kwarans together and one of the State’s assets they’re always proud of.
The last time Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi watched Kwara United’s match was in 2014 and his presence was not of any help considering how Kwara United were banished to Lokoja and eventually relegated to the lower division.
Ever since then, Bolaji Abdullahi has turned his back against developing or supporting anything Kwara Sports whether locally or nationally.
GRASSROOTS FOOTBALL DEVELOPMENT
Recently, the Turaki of Ilorin was a guest at the final of the football tournament organized by the 2022 Durbar Committee in which the monetary support given to the organisers has emboldened them to further their cause in developing the Sport at the grassroots level.
Similarly, Mallam Mustapha was also at the final of the Wesley football competition where he donated money to the organisers and promised to continue to support them.
One can’t also forget quickly how Mallam Mustapha bankrolled a soccer tournament as part of a long week activities for his official installation as the Turaki of Ilorin Emirate. The football competition is today a reference points as a platform where talented footballers were discovered all to the glory of Emirate.
To this end, the Turaki of Ilorin has given the electorates a clue of what abounds in his plans to turn things around not only in Sports but across all field of human endeavours in Kwara.
Kwara Gov Greets Hon. Mashood Mustapha At 60
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has congratulated Hon. Mashood Mustapha on his 60th birthday anniversary today, praying God to grant the politician and businessman good health and long life.
Fidel Info reports that the Governor described the former House of Representatives member as a hard working person with good impacts on the society.
“I send my hearty congratulations to my brother and fellow party man, Hon. Mashood Mustapha, on the occasion of his diamond jubilee on earth. Everyday is indeed worth celebrating in a man’s life, but hitting age 60 is a special blessing from God,” the Governor said in a statement.
“We thank Hon. Mashood Mustapha for his support for our administration. I therefore join family and friends to celebrate Hon. Mashood Mustapha who is a great community leader and a supporter of good causes. I wish him Allah’s continuous grace as he enters the golden years.”
IEPY Slams Saraki Over Unguarded Statements Against Emir
A sociocultural group, Ilorin Emirate Progressive Youths (IEPY) has carpeted former senate president, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, over his unguarded utterances against the Ilorin Emirate.
Fidel Info reports that IEPY in a statement on Monday signed by its Chairman, Engr. Bolaji Sadiq, expressed surprise that despite being a ranking traditional title holder of the Emirate (Waziri), Saraki could still be going about spiting the Emir and the Emirate.
The former senate president in reports of news mediums pledged to tear the Emirate structure apart by removing Moro out of it. Moro has always been a part of the Ilorin Emirate.
We understand that this pledge was dictated by his desperate need for sympathy votes to awaken his dead party. That was why he tried to wooed the Moro people with this sentiment during his tour to the community. However, our Emirate is not what politicians should use to play politics.
We are displeased that Dr. Saraki has not been portraying the Emirate in good light in recent times. We saw videos of how he came home some months back and on his way to the Ilorin Central Mosque was throwing wads of naira into the air for our people to hustle over, which might lead to stampede or even violence. This is apart from the dehumanising picture that such act paints to our people.
We recall that it was that same day he was dragging seat at the central mosque with the President’s Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari. Apart from his position as chief of staff to the number one citizen, Prof. Gambari is also a prince of Ilorin Emirate. We hope Saraki is not waging war against the Ilorin Emirate because he can never succeed in such. Promising traditional rulers in some parts of the state that his PDP government if supported will rotate the chairmanship position of the Kwara State Traditional Council is targeted at our revered Emir who has always been the Chairman of the Council.
We therefore use this platform to caution Dr. Bukola Saraki to guard his utterances and stop fueling discord because of politics. Politics would soon go but what he has said would remain.
Kwara Gov Mourns CSC Commissioner Mrs Dorcas Afeniforo
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has described as shocking and painful the death of Commissioner II at the Civil Service Commission Mrs Dorcas Afeniforo.
Fidel Info reports that Mrs Afeniforo, a former commissioner for Women Affairs and top loyalist of the Governor, died in an auto crash on Saturday while returning from a trip to Lagos.
“The development is shocking and painful. It is a huge loss to the progressive family in the state. Mrs Afeniforo will always be remembered for her fine legacies as a foremost women development advocate and her contributions to the development of the state,” Governor said in a statement.
“We commiserate with the family of Mrs Afeniforo and to the good people of Baruten and Kwara North whom she represented at the CSC until her death. We pray to God to grant comfort to the family she left behind.”
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