From Olanrewaju Lawal, Ilorin
The Kwara State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the sack of the minister of Sports, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi as triumph of politics over excellence.
The party in a statement signed by its Interim Publicity Secretary in the state, Alhaji. Buhari Sulyman wondered why President could sack a performing Sports Minister three months to the World Cup in Brazil noting that his action spoke volumes of the quality of Nigerian Presidency.
The party said that though Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi is not a member of the party, but as a indigene of Kwara state, “we are proud of his great achievements at the ministry of Sports.
“We concede the fact that Mr. President reserves the powers to hire and fire. In the exercise of such powers however, international best practices demand that excellence and competence should not be traded on the altar of politics.
“It bears repeating that the achievements of Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi are known to Nigerians and can hardly ever be captured by any book. As the Minister of Sports, he steered the ministry’s ship to stardom and catapulted the Nation’s sports sector to world class standard.
“His Leadership heralded successes in Paralympics Games, 18th National Sports Festival (EKO 2012), 2012 Senior African Wrestling Championships in Morocco, 2012 Senoir Africa Weightlifting Championships in Kenya, Boxing, Basketball, African Cup of Nation (AFCON), Under – 17 World Cup and qualitification for World Cup 2014 in Brazil, to mention a few.
“Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi is the most successful Sports Minister in recent times and arguably the best Minister in Federal Executive Council, FEC. By this sack, the President Jonathan administration has lost what is remaining of its credibility”.