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Ebola Outbreak In Nigeria: Should Sports Events Be Suspended?

Ebola Outbreak In Nigeria: Should Sports Events Be Suspended?

A deadly disease that have recently killed scores of people across the West African region, the Ebola, have led to the suspension of the domestic leagues in Liberia and Sierra Leone where the disease is turning into an epidemic.

Sadly, the disease has found its way into Nigeria with reported deaths of a few Nigerians.


There is an increasing awareness of the Ebola danger and people are afraid to get in contact with others for fear of contracting the dreaded virus.

Sports events are contact activities, and the stadiums are the venues where thousands of fans converge to support their teams.

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With the dreaded Ebola now in the country, do you support the idea that football matches in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), other football games and sports events should go on a recess while the Federal Government through the Ministry of Health search for solutions to the Ebola scourge?

Do you believe that the emergence of this disease which could significantly be avoided by bodily contact with infested persons can hinder football and other sports in Nigeria and West Africa in general?

Are there ways the Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Football Federation can help allay the fears of football players and fans, and effectively raise awareness on how not to contract the Ebola virus? What measures do you think the authorities should implement so that Nigerians will not be deprived of sports events due to the outbreak of the Ebola disease?

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  • joseph abiola 7 years ago

    Na wao only god can help us frm dis deadly deases

  • THIRD EYE 7 years ago

    I honestly do not think that sports should be affected in the sense of people not going to watch or cheer their teams because of the Ebola Disease.
    A patient with Ebola disease will certainly show characteristic symptoms…high fever, abdominal symptoms, extreme general weakness due to lack of appetite.Such a person will not be in the frame of mind to enjoy sports.

    It is very unlikely that a person infected with the deadly and contagious virus will make his/her way to the stadium or any sports arena.

    It is different if we are watching the TV screen with a sick person in the house.So I think the authorities do not have to cancel sport events in these circumstances.

    Also, people who are sick should seek medical help in hospitals and not around sporting arenas, no matter how sports loving they think they are.

  • As the federal government has declare state of emergency on d outbreak of Ebola virus, i guess every sport activities should be put onhold.

  • Melvin Ayodeji 7 years ago

    Any sports should be suspended for for now please…..

  • I think the issue of cancel or stop the players from playing football because ot this this so called ebola of a thing, is a good idea, because its for all of use betterment.

  • Smart david 7 years ago

    You guys should wake up, there is notting like ebola virus in nigeria.they are just looking for what they will do for it to look like it’s true.

  • Idowu Bolarinwa 7 years ago

    If league should b hold bcos of dis deases den also entertainers like musicians,comedians,Artists dat are performing on stage for people across w/Africans should be stop too due to d contacts like holdn,handshakn,hugn receivn from fans.

  • I think they should continue sport bcause i don’t believe ebola virus exist in nigeria

  • To me seen is believ may we neva ecounter any form of deadly virus in our life and issue of canceling any form of events/activities for Ebola i tink is not very neccessary nigerians shuld only be prayerful bcos i believe dis is a token annoyance/anger from God due to d lack of care and mercy within ourselve and shelding of the innocent blood in d street which whoeva involve/partake will face the consequences one way or the other insha Allah. For the opportune leaders becareful U must account A-Z

  • Godwin udoh 7 years ago

    Let nigeria go continue pls

  • In the event that class should b hold bcos of dis diseases cave additionally performers like musicians, comedians, Artists dat are performing in front of an audience for individuals across w/Africans ought to stop excessively because of d contacts like hold, handshake, hug receive from fans.
    Thank you