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Dalung: Cameroon helped us fight B’Haram, we must stand with Hayaotu in CAF election

Solomon Dalung, minister of youth and sports, has declared Nigeria’s support for Issa Hayatou in the April 2017 Confederation of African Football (CAF) election.

Speaking with reporters in Abuja, Dalung acknowledged the role played by Cameroon in the fight against the insurgency.

He said voting against Hayatou will be against the interest of the country.

“And the ‘then’ Acting President- Prof. Yemi Osinbajo directed which I have communicated appropriately, that if the only vote that will come to Hayatou will be from Nigeria, Nigerians should stand with Hayatou,” he said.

“For the presidency of CAF, when I invited them, I told them Nigeria’s position is to vote in favour of her national interest.

“And not too long ago, the federal government made categorically clear her position.

“And the position of the federal government of Nigeria is that, in view of the fact that Cameroon has been a major key player in the war against insurgency and the involvement of Cameroon in fighting for the stability of Nigeria, it will be out of the foreign policy context of Nigeria to abandon Cameroon.

“That it is outside our foreign policy, because we are not looking at football, but we are looking at the country Nigeria, what does Nigeria stand to benefit if it moves to the opposite direction?”

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4 comments

  1. very misplaced.
    what has the fight against BH has to do with CAF elections?
    It is time for HAYATOU to have some rest.

  2. The minister of youth and sports is a soldier? hmm. Hayatou has spent quite a long time as CAF president. He is already aging. We need change. We need a youthful person who is coming with new dynamism and a desire to make his own achievements for the good of african football.

  3. Hayatou just lost 34 to 20 to a Malagassian! This may help bring the island nation closer to the mainland of Africa after so many years in the cold. But then again, its president once boastfully said if “Le bon Dieu” were to ask him to choose between the mainland and the island, he would very much prefer to remain in the island.

    As for Hayatou, since a good player never lacks a team (courtesy Kontchou Kuomegni), he may very well find himself in the National Assembly or the Senate since retirement is not part of national idea.

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