10 Governors To Attend Sacked Bolaji Abdullahi's Reception

THE immediate past Governor of Kwara State, Dr. Bukola Saraki, yesterday faulted President Goodluck Jonathan for sacking Mr. Bolaji Abdullahi as sports minister.
He was sad that the presidency could sacrifice competence for sheer politics.
Abdullahi was dropped last Wednesday for what the presidency sources described as his refusal to openly identify with President Goodluck Jonathan ahead of the 2015 elections, and for his closeness to Senator Saraki.
He had reportedly told the chairman of the PDP Caretaker Committee in the state that he” is not a politician.”
He was, at the time of his sack, outside the country on official assignment.
Notwithstanding, a grand reception awaits the ex-minister in Ilorin, his home town with no fewer than 10 state governors and eminent Kwarans expected to attend.
The date and scope of the reception were being worked out at press time.
But Saraki, who broke his silence on Abdulahi’s sack in response to an enquiry, said the ex-minister had always been a professional right from his time as a commissioner under his administration between 2003 and 2011.
He said: “It is shameful that Bolaji Abdullahi was relieved of his duty as minister mainly because of politics and certainly not for non performance.
“It is disappointing that in the interest of politics we have compromised competence, and invariably denied our nation the progress it deserves.
“I do wish Mallam Abdullahi the best of luck in his future endeavours and I am sure wherever he finds himself he will put in his very best as always with the interest of the nation at heart.”
Speaking on Abdulahi’s character, Saraki said: “I can testify that he has always been professional since he was commissioner under my tenure as Governor in Kwara State. Monumental achievements made under him are still being built upon today.
“As a fellow Kwaran, I am proud of him for showing Nigerians and the world at large what Kwarans are made of.”
He said in spite of the sack, it was difficult to write off the incredible performance of Abdullahi.
He said: “Abdullahi is a great son of Kwara with several milestones at state and national levels. His laudable achievements as Minister of Sports, which include Nigeria’s victory at the last Africa Nations Cup, performance at the Olympics, FIFA World Cup has endeared him to sport lovers and Nigerians in all works of life.”
Meanwhile, about 10 serving governors have indicated interest in the proposed grand reception for Abdullahi in Ilorin to celebrate his meritorious service to the nation.
A reliable source, who spoke in confidence, said most stakeholders in the state have also signified interest in the rally.
“We are working out a grand reception/ rally for Abdullahi to only mark his excellent performance in office and to send a message that we should not sacrifice merit for partisan politics,” the source said.
“About 10 governors have indicated interest in the rally. If the PDP can organise unity rally, we also have the right to host merit rally.
“Contrary to the permutations of the presidency, the sack of Abdullahi will backfire for the president in 2015 in the state. Already, public opinion nationwide does not support the action of the president.”


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria


  1. It is a shame that d president is exposing himself that he lacks sense of good reasoning 4 sacking perfoming personalities bcause of politics which includes d former CBN governor and d sport minister,it is obvious that Jonathan has failed and he will keep failing till he is voted out of d government come 2015

    1. If u like go & hug transformer GEJ all d way.Raphael d Ghanian do u hear that.

    2. Of you are not happy with the guy's achievements,why don't you go and commit suicide.

  2. You are not a politician but are occupying a political office.

    1. You don't have sense. Oh. I beg your pardon. I've forgotten that common sense is not common. Is Ngozi Okonjo Iweala a politician? Is Olusegun Aganga a politician? Is Adewunmi Adeshina a politician? Is Mobola Johnson a politician? Is Diezeani Madueke a politician? Om sire you don't even know these ministers. Ode

  3. Mad people, the ones that support JEG are criminals while the ones who don't are said to be d good ones.

  4. Well the president has d right to fire and sack anybody but I don't commend him for sacking the minister. Now the opposition will fire back by making a strong case for him and the good people of kwara won't vote for Jonathan and PDP. I don't know why the strategist of the president didn't see this coming. APC has now gained more growned

  5. Abdullahi is not a politician, but 10 State Governors 2 attend his grand reception. Why those 10 state governors or APC no fit give am another job na since he is a professional? What's wrong 2 kick out someone that has been a commissional since 2003 to 2011 and later a sport minister till 2014 just 2 create an opportunity 4 other nigerians who re also professionals but re jobless looking 4 job?

    1. Solomakinde, you obviously lack a good sense of human. Your name is a testament. That guy did so much for Nigerian Sports. But you can't appreciate it cos you've never moved near such achievements in your life. I hopejona appoints you as a store keeper.

      F..K AM O JARE

  6. Saraki ur name can only be heard just this year and after this year u will be forgoten.APC in Nigeria is not taken serious but this they don't know,the APC just want to use this formal minister to play cheap politics in Kwara because of the wave PDP has made in in their recent rally and believe me despite the APC noise they are going to loose their grip of the state come 2015. Saraki you are a failure

    1. What wave? With the rent a crowd they dus? We know how e dey go jare. Abegi, lick shaving creme for a dessert and go to bef

  7. GEJ is only interested in who can loot more n remitt to his personal account, the man does not care abt perfomance

  8. D man shld go n sit down jare. He don chop make another person chop too. I know say him small wife go reply this msg. Lol

  9. Life is so short and it’s just like a mirror.
    You can only see as much as it reflects. So don’t be too arrogant or proud by looking down on others because of their current situations.

    Things get changed with time just like the weather..! Don’t under estimate anyone because everyone has a great future!

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