About two weeks ago, we arrived London for the 2012 Olympics with a contingent of 51 sportsmen and women competing in 8 sports namely, athletics, weightlifting, taekwondo, boxing, wrestling, table tennis, canoeing and basketball. We were competing in the last two for the first time ever.
I am sure he meant to say
Is the Minister aware that the Olympics are held every 4 years?
Is the Minister aware that Kenya, Ethiopia, Cuba, Jamaica are not as rich as Nigeria?
Was Nigeria richer when Mary Onyali, Obikwelu, Gloria Anozie, Chioma Ajunwa, Egbunike, and of course our football team made history?
Please, he should tell his story to the marines!
Once more I congratulate our athletes who gave so much for a nation that does not believe in strategic and long term planning.
Re: Why Team Nigeria Failed at London Olympics
The Nigerina contigent was 51 athletes but the MInister refused to mention the number of officials and their hanger-on who went on the jamboree with public funds wasted for nothing. The relays also showed that the Nigerian team did not practice together before the races as they were busy shopping in London. I watched the races and was convinced about the lack of practice because of the need to make visual contact during baton changes by the Nigerians. If you practice together as a team, baton changes comes effortlessly and this explains why the Nigerian teams were not able to pick any medals in the relays and not because the Americans and the Jamaicans were too good. Making visual contact during baton change means you miss three steps before you get back in full stride. Baton changes occurs thrice in a relay race and that means Nigeria lost 9 full strided during each race.
Look at the Jamaicans, Kenyans and Ethiopians, South Africans et al having their flags raised at the olympics while we never had the opportunity even once.
Re: Why Team Nigeria Failed at London Olympics
The Minister lies about the 'hard cash' part. Jamaica does not spend a huge amount of money but nurtured the talents discovered. Our public officials should stop relying on ready-made athletes and focus on grassroots development which does not require huge cash to do. Provide facilities in schools and encourage the type of competitions we used to have in the 80s and 90s before everyone went mad. Activities must take place within the schools as most talents are discovered in schools. Private schools should mandatorily have sports fields. Most of them have no sporting facilities. Students sit and watch TV during lunch and go to felllowship after that. In my own days, lunch periods were times to play football games and race ourselves on the school field. I never saw a student with a pot belly then but they are very common now beacuse of lack of exercise.
Nigeria as a nation is becoming overweight and this is reflecting in our overall performance. MR. Minister, go back to the drawing board and start preparing for teh next Olympics from next week. you are already late as other countries have started preparing for the next Olympics since two years ago.
Nigeria participated in Basketball @ 2004 Olympics with the women's team.
BOLAJI ABDULLAHI - MEDIOCRACY AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL!!!
SHAME NO DEY CATCH YOU BOKO HARAM MINISTER FOR SPORTS?!!!
NO MORE EXCUSE FOR MEDIOCRACY!!!
WE DEMAND THE RESIGNATION OF BOLAJI ABDULLAHI NOW!!!
JONATHAN BADLUCK SHOULD SACK BOLAJI ABDULLAHI WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT!!!
@KaparaK, enyi, Olumide and others, thanks for your posts.
You have already pointed out some of the things I was planning to say. Personally, I am not surprised about the performance of the Nigerian team. However what is most embarrasing and insulting is the crap that this man that calls himself a minister wrote above! It's an insult on our intelligence!!! One of the major problems of that country called Nigeria is that it's being ruled at all levels by mediocres, opportunists and bandits - and Bolaji Abdullahi(or whatever he calls himself) just happens to be one of them. The same thing applies to those that Nigeria send out as diplomats and ambassadors to represent the country. They all lack the necessary knowledge, backgrounds, tools, skills and vision to carry out their responsibilities as expected. They are mainly clerks. I have had the opportunity to meet and interact with these bunch of opportunists, and I just could not help but weep for Nigeria and Nigerians. Like I wrote in one of my series titled "FREEDOM COALITION: $250M FUND TO ELECT MAJ. ABUBAKAR UMAR (RTD.) RIBADU AND AKUNYILI IN 2011 AND GET RID OF BABANGIDA, JONATHAN AND THE CABAL FOR GOOD! YES WE CAN! available at nigeriansinamerica.com, the brutal and protracted military regime in Nigeria have created a' big leadership vacuum.' This has resulted in a tragic sitiuation whereby mediocres and opportunists are now representing us as ministers, diplomats, ambassadors, governors, senators, members of house representatives etc. These people earn very high salaries for doing little or nothing! And even in most cases, they get paid for ruining our economy and making lives unbearable for us.
As a matter of fact, it's worth mentioning that those Nigerians (our basketballers, sprinters etc) that even managed to qualify for the Olympics are based abroad and did so mainly on their own merits without any inputs whatsoever from the Federal government. The hens, as they say, have finally come to roost(or maybe 'to get roasted' for Ramadan) for Nigeria. I have said it a million times that NIGERIA IS A FAILED STATE, THE BIGGEST BANANA REPUBLIC IN THE WORLD, A VERY SIK AND DOOMED COUNTRY. The woeful performance of our sportsmen(not due to their fault) at the 2012 London Olympics is another WATER-PROOF evidence that I am 100% right about Nigeria being a failed state. To be honest, personally, I am not surprised about the result. I expected it. It has already become a trend. In the 2011 World Athletics Championship, Nigeria performed woefully too. NO SINGLE MEDAL WAS WON BY THE BIG FOR NOTHING GIANT OF AFRICA - while countries like Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa, Jamaica, Barbados, etc carted away medals. WE are already used to praying for miracles without doing anything. But, you just can not grow grass and expect to harvest cocoa. We are reaping the bad fruits of our labour. Imagine somebody who calls himself a minister and is not aware of the fact that Nigeria had already being represented earlier in basketball at the Olympics as far back as 2004. A minister can not even get some basic facts right!!! Na wa for una o mr. honourable minister!!!!!!
The poor sportsmen should not be blamed under any circumstances. They tried their best. Winning medals at the Olympics needs not only a lot of financing, but as well requires providing the necessary facilities for training, competent coaches, moral support, incentives and conducive enviroment. All the blame is on incompetent, corrupt, visionless and morally bankrupt Nigerian sports officials and federal government headed by a confused opportunist by name jonathan badluck. There are countless international sports events where the delegates/officials outnumber the sportsmen. These people are only after their pockets and not the glory of the country. Instead of training hard to represent the country in different sports, Boko Haram would rather murder innocent and armless Nigerians. That, I guess, is much easier and justifiable. This is one of the dearest prices that we are paying for the so called ONE NIGERIA - unfortunately!!!!
And Abdullahi(whose mother, I guess, is from one of the Boko Haram states) has the guts to write that rubbish. Here is a man saddled with the responsibiliy of preparing the Nigerian team for the Olympics and giving them all the necessary support to ensure that they perform very well and make the country proud. If Abdullahi lacked the necessary financial resources, he could had appreoached his boss, jonathan badluck, for funds. And he felt that he was not getting the necessary support, he should had reason from his post. However, Abdullahi, being a mediocre and another opportunist, decided to continue earning fat salaries for doing nothing and only remembered aboput the Olympics about 1-2 months to the opening date. Instead of making the necessary preparation, we were fed with superlative news on how Nigerian sportsmen would destroy their opponents.
The Olympics once again proved that our opportunistic and bandit leaders have different priorities like buying a new presidential jet and spending more than a third of the country's budget and oil revenues on maintainin a moribund house of representatives and senate. Imagine this Mobolaji Abdullahi having the audacity to tell us that the result of the Olympics is a reflection of the richness of the countries that topped the medals table! What a crap!! What an insult!!! Is Mobolaji Abfdullahi trying to tell us that countries like Kenya, Jamaica, Uganda, Iran, Bahamas, Ethiopia, Cuba etc are richer than Nigeria?!! Is Bolaji Abdullahi trying to tell us too that more than 90 countries that won medals in the London 2012 Olympics are all richer than Nigeria? Is this man in his right senses at all? In a normal country(it's an open secret that Nigeria is far from being normal), the most honourable thing for Bolaji Abdullahi to do was to tender his UNRESERVED APOLOGY to Nigerians for the woeful performance of Nigeria and follow it up with a letter of resignation and return all the salaries and benefits that he has received as the minister for sports. But, if Bolaji Abdullahi lacks the dignity and moral to do the right thing, then, my advise to his boss, jonathan badluck, is to sack Abdullahi and the chairman/head of the Nigerian Olympic committee, compell them to return all the salaries that they have received with immediate effect.
IT'S HIGH TIME WE TOLD THE BOLAJI ABDULLAHIS OF NIGERIA THAT WE ARE NOT GOING TO ACCEPT ANY MORE EXCUSE FOR MEDIOCRACY!!!
YOU EITHER PERFORM AND SHOW RESULT OR LEAVE AND RETURN ALL THE SLARIES - IF YOU HAVE A CONSCIENCE!!!
We must not are miss an historical moment that chance has offered us to get rid of the descendants of Usman Don Fodio for good! We must never allow the Hausa-Fulani to ride on our backs to Aso-rock. Our children and generations to come will never forgive us!!!
THERE WAS NEVER ONE NIGERIA!
THERE IS NO ONE NIGERIA NOW!
AND THERE WILL NEVER BE ONE NIGERIA IN THE NEXT 500 YEARS!
IT DIED COMPLETELY AND FINALLY WHEN CHIEF MOSHOOD ABIOLA, THE WINNER OF THE JUNE 12, 1992 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS WAS MURDERED IN PRISON BY NORTHERN MILITARY OFFICERS (WITH THE COLLABORATION AND APPROVAL OF THE AMERICAN, BRITISH AND FRENCH GOVERNMENTS)!
AT LEAST 80% OF NIGERIA'S PROBLEMS WERE CAUSED BY THE NORTH AND MILITARY!
THE NORTH HAVE BECOME PERPETUAL PARASITE, BURDEN AND CLOGS IN THE WHEEL OF PROGRESS TO THE SOUTH!!!
THEREFORE, GETTING RID OF THE PARASITIC NORTH WILL AUTOMATICALLY RESOLVE 80% OF OUR PROBLEMS IN THE SOUTH!!!
TIME HAS PROVED THAT A HAUSA-FULANI MAN CAN NEVER DEFEND THE INTERESTS(RIGHTS, PROPERTIES AND LIVES) OF NDIGBO NEITHER INSIDE NOR OUTSIDE NIGERIA! LET US STOP DECEIVING OURSELVES!
ALL ONE NIGERIA HAS GIVEN THE SOUTH SO FAR IS TRAGEDY, PAIN, TEARS AND SORROW!!!
LET US SAVE OUR CHILDREN, GRANDCHILDREN AND GENERATIONS TO COME FROM THE NIGHMARE CALLED ONE NIGERIA BY ENDING THE FORCED RELATION IMPOSED ON US BY THE BRITISH FOR THEIR OWN SELFISH POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC INTERESTS!!!
IF WE FAIL TO DO SO NOW, THEY WILL NEVER FORGIVE US!!!
WE ALL NEED OUR OWN PRESIDENTS, MINISTERS, AMBASSADORS, EMBASSIES, POLICE AND ARMY TO DEFEND OUR RIGHTS, PROPERTIES, LIVES AND INTERESTS - NIGERIA IS NOT CAPABLE OF DOING THAT FOR 52 YEARS!!!
LET US SAVE NIGERIANS AND NOT NIGERIA FROM COMPLETE DESTRUCTION BY INCOMPETENT, CORRUPT, VISIONLESS AND MORALLY BANKRUPT OPPORTUNISTS LIKE JONATHAN BADLUCK AND HIS COLLEAGUES BY BREAKING UP NIGERIA NOW!!!
TOMORROW MAY BE TOO LATE!!!
IF YOU LOVE YOUR CHILDREN, RELATIVES, FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES, DON'T EVER ALLOW THEM TO GO TO THE NORTH 'UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES' TO SERVE THE USELESS NYSC!! THEIR LIVES ARE MUCH MORE IMPORTANT!!! NIGERIA, A FAILED STATE, BIGGEST BANANA REPUBLIC IN THE WORLD, A VERY SICK AND DOOMED COUNTRY, IS NOT WORTH DYING FOR!!!
WE EXPECT ALL THE GOVERNORS AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF SOUTHERN STATES TO PASS A LAW THAT WILL PROHIBIT/BAN THEIR INDEGINES FROM GOING TO THE NORTH TO SERVE AS CORPERS IRRESPECTIVE OF WHATEVER GUARANTEE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND NORTHERN GOVERNORS MIGHT MAKE!!! DON'T EVER TRUST THESE PEOPLE OR ENTRUST YOUR LIVES TO THEM!!! THEY ARE NOT RELIABLE!!!
AN ALLIANCE BETWEEN ACN AND CPC IS SUICIDE FOR ACN AND YORUBA RESPECTIVELY!!!
SENATOR CHRIS NGIGE AND GOVERNOR BABATUNDE FASHOLA OF LAGOS STATE ARE MORE THAN CAPABLE OF WINNING THE 2015 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS WITHOUT ANY ALLIANCE WITH MUHAMMODU BUHARI AND NASIR EL-RUFA'S MORIBUND CPC!!!
JONATHAN BADLUCK, STELLA ODUA, ALLISON MADUEKE HAVE MURDERED THEM AND KILLED THEIR DREAMS!!!! WHAT A
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Team Nigeria failed because of lack of serious preparation, period!