–Warns Against NSC Taking Sides
The umbrella body for Sports Editors in Nigeria, tagged Guild of Sports Editors met in Lagos on Wednesday to review recent happenings in Nigerian football and resolved that there was need for government at the highest level to take action on the ‘shameful happenings’ in football management in the country.
The meeting which was chaired by the newly elected President of the body, Tony Ubani of the Vanguard newspapers, had in attendance such eminent personalities as Jide Alabi of the Silverbird Group, Ade Ojeikere of the Nations Newspapers, Ben Alaiya of SportsDay, Kunle Salami of New Telegraph, Duro Ikhazuagbe of ThisDay, Ben Alozie of The Union, Ben Memuletiwon of National Mirror, Dare Esan of Complete Sports, Emeka Ezeugwu of the Newswatch Group, Femi Olusetire of SportsDay, Peter Edema of Daily Independent, Desmond Ekwueme of National Weekender and John Joshua Akanji of the Sun Newspapers group.
The meeting was superintended by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the group and Weekend Editor of the Vanguard newspapers, Mr Onochie Anibeze.
The group views with serious concern, the way and manner Nigerian football has been riddled with crisis of recent, which has put the country in international odium.
“We view this issue as very unfortunate and want to ask those concerned to put an immediate stop to it, especially as we hear that these issues are being orchestrated by some high powers in the sports sector”. Having taking a serious look at the issues, we have no option but to call on President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, to use his good offices to call all his sports officers to order in the larger interest of the Nigerian people. Because his government has been an achieving government in the area of sports and we cannot allow unbridled personal interest and ambition to ruin his achievement in sports.