Niger State Governor Under Fire over Chelsea, Arsenal
has come under
criticism following his trip to London to watch the last
Saturday’s Premier League game between Chelsea and
Arsenal. (See Photo Here)
Many residents of the state have described the governor’s
visit to Stamford Bridge as ‘frivolous’ considering the
many financial problems currently bedeviling the state.
But the governor claimed that he was at Stamford Bridge to
watch the match at the instance of Chelsea midfielder Mikel
Obi, who plans to set up a football academy in the state. “I
was at Stamford Bridge to watch the derby between Chelsea
and Arsenal at the invitation of John Obi Mikel,” he
According to him, Mikel approached the state government
to partner with the state in developing its sports, stressing
that it will be wrong to turn down an investor who is willing
to invest in the state.
The governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Ibraheem Dooba,
said he was in Europe and his visit to Stamford Bridge was
part of his itinerary since he was to meet other international
development partners, adding that he was invited by Mikel.
But a trader in the state, Moses Akwu said, “Things are hard
for us in Niger while our governor is travelling to watch
matches. I heard they said he was invited but is it not
government resources that he used to go on the trip?
“We did not vote him in to go watch football, we voted him
because we want him to work and bring back the lost glory
of the state. Watching matches is not governance, it is