By Albert Akota
UN Sports Ambassador, John Fashanu has endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan for continuity following monumental sports achievement under present administration.
The former board member of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) who disclosed this yesterday during a press conference in Abuja, said the backing of Mr. president for second tenure was as a result of unprecedented medals recorded in sports especially football.
“I draw my conclusion to support Goodluck second tenure because of the numerous calls, text messages, tweeter and facebook from friends asking me who is my candidate for the February 14th presidential election, I told them Goodluck Jonathan because of his unprecedented achievement the country has been witnessing in the sports cycle.
“I have been so proud and impressed with Mr. president’s achievements in sports, if we have to count them, where do we begin?, it is on the record that the Super Eagles won the Nations Cup in South Africa for the first time since 1994, the Eagles also equalled their best record at the World Cup in Brazil.
“The U-17 won the World Cup trophy in the UAE, female U-20 won silver at the World Cup, we also had the best performance at the commonwealth games and the World athletes Championships, they all happened because Mr. President created a conducive atmosphere where Nigeria sportsmen and women strive to do better because the way Jonathan appreciates them when they return home with medals.
“I am not against General Buhari the candidate of APC, that is what we call democracy, everybody should and must have a voice, opposition parties must get used to this, but it is only under Goodluck Jonathan who has made this possible, giving and allowing Democracy to rain.
“I smile when I see David Cameron, the Prime Minister of United Kingdom in his forties and the newly elected Prime minister of Greece also in his forties.
“I respect Gen. Buhari as an elder states man, who is 72 and I also understand that the office of Mr. President is a pressuring position in every country, and I believe he cannot handle the pressure that comes with that office, John Fashana who dumped Nigeria for England as a professional footballer explained.
Fashanu, who said he regretted for not playing for Nigeria, maintained that he came home on three occasions but stressed that he was told by the technical adviser, Otto Gloria that he was not comfortable with his British method of playing football and so never used him on those occasions.
The former Wimbledon FC striker noted that it was as a result of the way he was treated then that prompted his staying away eventually where he eventually made just two appearances for the England national side.
“The fact is that I really wanted to play for Nigeria and I came home on three occasions but the coach said I was not good enough to make his team, and so never selected me except for one friendly match against China where I was an unused substitute,” Fashanu revealed.