Okotie slams FG over Eagles’ ban
Presidential aspirant, Rev. Chris Okotie, has condemned the recent ban on the Super Eagles by the Federal Government and its subsequent reversal following the threat by the world soccer regulatory body, FIFA, to ban Nigeria if it fails to reverse the decision.
In a brief jibe at the PDP-led Federal Government in between sermons at his Church, The Household of God, Oregun, Lagos, last Sunday, Rev. Okotie said, “It is whimsical, capricious and absurd to ban the Super Eagles because they lost some matches at the World Cup. If FIFA moves against Nigeria, the government would backtrack.”
And so, it happened that the government reversed its decision, which would certainly dismay many observers. Rev. Okotie had earlier decried the government’s frequent policy summersault at the declaration of his presidential ambition in Lagos on June 29, 2010. He told his supporters at a forum in Lagos during the week that policy reversals were a hallmark of the internal contradictions in the PDP.
“A government that can reverse its decision within one week should not be taken seriously by the people it claims to represent. This action clearly shows that the government is not thorough; it lacks sound policy making machinery, which could engender lasting success for its programmes.”
Rev. Okotie said that it was a shame that an international institution like FIFA could stare down a whole sovereign state like Nigeria because the country’s policy makers were careless. “They ought to have examined the full implications of the action they took concerning our withdrawal from all competitions before taking the decision. Now, we have exposed our country’s lack of administrative acumen and cohesion to a watching world,” Okotie lamented. The reverend restated his well-known position that the PDP lacked the capacity to govern the nation.
“Only a FRESH government, led by me, has the vision and commitment to drive Nigeria on a path of growth and stability,” he added. He urged the Federal Government to carefully study the problems facing the nation’s sports in all its ramifications and proffer solutions instead of making ill conceived ad-hoc moves.