I have no doubt that the Sports Sector will be one of the biggest Beneficiaries if the APC Presidential Candidate Bola Ahmed Tinubu becomes the next President of Nigeria.
And when this happens , Nigerian Youths will be one of the top gainers of a Bola Tinubu Presidency.
We all know that one singular thing that undoubtedly unites our Country is Sports and Football in Particular.
So amongst many other equally important sectors , if the next President can get Nigeria Sport Sector functioning to her full Potential, then the Youth Population is secured and the safety of the Nation is further fortified.
Therefore Nigerians especially the Youth cannot afford to vote a President who has no tangible knack for Sports.
For many years , the Sports Sector has lagged behind because of Past Presidents who don’t know the Power of Sports and also don’t understand how to use its instrument in a multi- diversified Country like ours.
This is one aspect Asiwaju is miles ahead of the other Presidential candidates by his track records.
Who becomes the Sports Minister under the next Government is very critical because of the level of work the current Sports Minister Sunday Dare has done .
From the Adopt the Athletes Initiative to the Adopt the Pitch initiative to the Sports Industry Policy, just to mention but a few .
These initiatives have been yielding practical results, like the success of Team Nigeria at the 2022 Birmingham Games, where Nigeria posted her best ever Performance in the history of the Games.
The Athletes prior to the Games were also well taken care under the Adopt the Athletes initiatives and the entire Country and the whole World also stood still for Tobi Amusan’s World Championship feat in Athletics.
Now many stadiums across the country are wearing a new look , significantly the Abuja National stadium and the forgotten Lagos National Stadium in Surulere, thanks to the Adopt the Pitch Initiative of the Ministry of Sports under Sunday Dare.
It is very significant to quickly note that Sunday Dare is one of the many protégés of Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Infact Tinubu personally handed him over to President Muhammadu Buhari to serve in his cabinet.
At Present, Sports is no more classified as Leisure but Business to drive more Corporate bodies involvement in the Country’s Sports with plenty incentives to them.
Lack of a suitable Structural and Legal Framework have been the reason for incessant crises in Nigeria Football over the years but the Ten Year Football Master Plan has been adjudged as the Permanent solution to this Problem if implemented.
All these are the achievements of Sunday Dare as Sports Minister but the bigger achievement is even the long term benefits of all of these Policies when they are sustained by the next Government.
But we know how badly we lack good transition of Policies as a Country from one Government to another.
This is one of the reasons why Nigeria cannot afford to jeopardize this transition which Will be seemless and smooth If Tinubu wins the Presidential Election on February 25th .
The Renewed Hope Manifesto of Bola Tinubu also encapsulates this on its Page 55 titled Sports Development.
Tinubu emphasized the need to run football as Business and under his Presidency, Corporate Nigeria will be given plenty incentives when they invest in the Sports Sector.
And this is on the same page with the Sports Industry Policy President Buhari recently approved.
The APC Presidential Candidate also talked about his plans to step up the Welfare of Nigerian Athletes in his Manifesto with an Athletes Welfare Scheme .
This is also in tandem with the Adopt the Athletes Initiatives of this Present Administration.
No other Presidential candidate is more equipped than Tinubu with suitable hands to handle the challenges of every sector including the Sports Sector.
This is one fact Nigerians must know going into the Polls in February.
He is structurally equipped with the kind of squad he has around him and Sports will benefit hugely because of this.
Gone are the days where People with zero to nothing knowledge about the Sports Sector are brought to head it, an address Nigerians will not want to go back to by voting Bola Ahmed Tinubu as their President.
Asiwaju’s love for Sports and Football has no rival amongst the other Presidential candidates.
This is why I am not surprised Football Legends like Austin Jay Jay Okocha, Victor Ikpeba, Daniel Amokachi and Kanu Nwankwo are unapologetically supporting him.
As far back as year 2000, Asiwaju came to the aide of Kanu Nwankwo who was looking for funding to start his Heart Foundation, guess who came to his rescue, it was Asiwaju not even his Igbo Political brothers.
Asiwaju gave him Five Million Naira which was the money he used to start the Kanu Heart Foundation .
According to him , the Heart Foundation has operated over 500 open Heart surgeries across Nigeria.
That is the kind of profile Asiwaju is bringing to Nigeria Sports if voted as President.
And the next four years when Tinubu will be finishing his first tenure as President, Nigeria would have featured at the 2026 FIFA World Cup in U.S.A, Canada and Mexico.
By then I will not be surprised if Nigeria surpasses it’s previous World Cup records by going all the way to the Semi Final because Asiwaju will provide Everything the NFF needs to achieve this.
He is a goal getter and that will drive him to achieving this and Nigerians will know their Hopes have actually been renewed.