Nigeria’s sports cheerleader, Ladipo deserves national award, says supporters’ club

Nigeria’s sports cheerleader, Ladipo deserves national award, says supporters’ club
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Dr. Rafiu Ladipo

As the conferment of national awards holds next week, members of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club (NFSC)  has issued a press statement asking that its grand leader, Dr. Rafiu Ladipo is deserving of recognition.

In their release, the club states: “Our attention has been drawn to a list of 437 Nigerians who will be presented with National Honours by His Excellency, Alh. Muhammad Buhari, the President, the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the 11th of this month in Abuja.

“The list of names which is 437 in all contains names of notable Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in serving Nigeria in different fields of life, and also making significant contributions towards the development of Nigeria.

“However, while we agree totally with the names of individuals on the list, the Nigeria Football Supporters Club, (NFSC) as a body feels that the name of Dr. Rafiu Ladipo, her President-General is conspicuously missing from the list.

“For record purposes, Dr Rafiu Ladipo has selflessly served this country in the last four decades, mobilizing support for our national teams in every part of the world where our national teams go to play football.

“Furthermore, former President of Nigeria, late  Shehu Musa Yar ‘Adua recommended him for the award, but he was not given as he returned from Korea then.

“In addition, former Sports Minister Ndanusa also recommended him, but it was set aside.

“No doubt, Dr Rafiu Ladipo has paid his dues, under the sun and in the rain and without sentiment, piloting the affairs of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club which also led to Nigeria winning several international tournaments both from FIFA and CAF.

“Recall that in 2003, former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo after seeing the accomplishment which he had achieved with the Nigeria Football Supporters Club (NFSC) hosted the club  in Aso Rock, Abuja, where the club officially conferred on him with the title of Grand Patron of the club.

“Against this backdrop, we feel that Dr. Rafiu Ladipo has put in so much  in the Nigeria project as a patriot and deserves to be honoured as Nigeria celebrates her 62nd independence under the able democratic leadership of a good leader like  President Muhammadu  Buhari.”

1 Comment on this Post

  1. Peter Ayoyinka Dahunsi

    Indeed, Dr. Rafiu Oladipo deserves the conferment of the national honours award. His selfless contributions to sports and grassroots development is deserving of the honours. For more than four decades he has devoted time, money and made himself and the teeming sports supporter’s club to various parts of the world in support of Nigerian sports men and women. I humbly wish to lend my voice to the numerous Nigerians canvassing for recognition of the selfless contributions of this gentleman to sports and grassroots development in Nigeria and beyond.


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