Barely a month after the Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, warned sports officials in the country not to use his name to organise any competition, reactions have continued to trail his visit to the United Kingdom to watch the match between Chelsea and Arsenal football clubs in the English Premiership League last Saturday.

When New Telegraph spoke to citizens of the state yesterday, majority of them described the governor’s visit to Stamford Bridge as frivolous, considering the challenges currently facing the state.

It will be recalled that Governor Bello, in August this year, warned the people when board members of the Nigeria Chess Federation and the state hockey team that won the national super league visited him at the Government House that no sports officials in the country should use his name to organise any competition.

A trader, Ibrahim Musa said: “Things are hard for us in Niger State while our governor is travelling to watch matches.
I heard they said he was on invitation, but is it not government resources that he used for the trip? “We did not vote him in to watch football, we voted him because we want him to work and bring back the lost glory of the state. Watching match is not governance.

”The state-owned football team, Niger Tornadoes, has just gained promotion to the elite Nigeria Premier League which the governor is not watching, but could waste state funds to watch football abroad..........”


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