Former minister of sports, Mr. Damishi Sango has called on the President elect, General Muhammadu Buhari to give priority attention to sports when he assumes office.
Speaking to Daily Trust, Sango who served as minister of sports under former President Olusegun Obasanjo in 1999 said he was worried because throughout Buhari’s campaign, he did not say anything about a key sector like sports.
He said even if the best sports administrator is appointed to preside over the sector, he or she would not succeed, if the President is not interested in sports.
Sango who said sports is a tool for social change, a weapon of diplomacy, an agent of unity and source of livelihood for the youths of the country, said it should be given special attention.
“Everything depends on the President-elect. The minister may be passionate but everything will depend on the leader.
“If he has a vision for sport he will promote and project it. The minister no matter how passionate, if he does not get the support of the president, there is nothing he can do.
“Unfortunately, the President elect throughout his campaign did not say anything about sports. He was concerned about security and corruption. I don’t know how he is going to do.
“The incoming President should know that Sport is a tool for social change, it can promote unity and bring international attraction. You can use sports to promote the country globally. It is a weapon of diplomacy,” he said.
Sango therefore called on Buhari’s aides to draw his attention to sports and the need for him to take the sector seriously.
“I just hope that those who are going to prepare his document would say, look sports is important. So I repeat the minister can have the ideas and passion for sports but if the president refuses to give the money, he cannot do anything” he said.
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