As Nigerians eagerly await the birth of yet another democratic dispensation come May 29 this year, the Nigeria Pillar of Sports, Chief Donatus Agu Ejidike, JP has tasked President Muhammad Buhari and elected Governors, National and State Assembly members to give sports development and promotion priority in their fiscal policies to achieve the desired development in sports.
The Nigeria Pillar of Sports, Chief Donatus Agu Ejidike (JP) in a congratulatory message to all elected and winners of the 2019 General Elections in Nigeria sounded that for a truly genuine nation building and national integration, sports developments and promotion must be given the desired attention and financial support.
According to the sports phillathropist, the Nigerian population is dominated by the youths who are sports lovers, hence the need to capture and shape their patriotic zeal through sports.
Ejidike called for a genuine sports summit that would be all -encompassing where all the stakeholders would express their motives and understanding about the way forward.
He added that sports is a key instrument through which nationalism and patriotism could be preached and imbibed.
“It must be sounded that over time, sports has been identified as a platform through which crimes could be curbed as the youths would be gainfully engaged in sports. I implore President Muhamadu Buhari, National Assembly elected, Governors, and all elected State Houses of Assembly members to legislate and implement policies that will enhance sports developments in our dear country. When this is accomplished, the nation would witness rapid socio-economic growth “.
Ejidike also noted that in sports, ethnic, tribal or religious sentiment have no place which means such a venture is highly desirable in Nigeria.
He cautioned politicians to eschew violence, thread the path of peace and imbibe spirit of sportsmanship as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announces election results.