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THE HARRISON JALLA PERSPECTIVE: Shehu Dikko Celebrates Abysmal Failure

Shehu Dikko, the morally bankrupt chairman of the contraption called the League Management Company (LMC) – a shell company fraudulently set up to swindle the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) –  rolled out the drums on Friday, the 27th of August 2021, to celebrate mediocrity and abysmal failure of almost 10 years of the dubious League Management Company. 

Nigeria Professional Football League boss Mallam Shehu Dikko, has declared that the just concluded 2020/2021 season the best in the history of domestic club football in the country.

He stated this at the company’s headquarters in a media parley with the FCT chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) in Abuja.

 Dikko described the league, which ended on August 5th, as “Innovatively challenging” despite the history- breaking feats achieved by the clubs.

What a shame!!

Which NPFL is Dikko referring to?

Certainly not the NPFL under the suffocating grip of the LMC.

 (1) What is to be celebrated in a league that cannot pay match Indemnities for more than two years?

(2) A league that is owing staff salaries for two years?

(3) What is to be celebrated in a league where clubs influence results and outcome of games because they pay and provide logistics for match officials?

(4) A league that offers no participation fees for clubs.

(5) A league whose sponsorship funds are diverted to Dikko’s private company Mediterranean Sports Ltd in conjunction with his principal, NFF president Amaju Pinnick.

(6) Which responsible corporate organisation will deal with the LMC having seen the dubious transactions with NEXT TV and Redstrike?

(7) Which corporate organisation will deal with an LMC that is alien to transparency and accountability?

Dikko was certainly celebrating his financial recklessness and the several Billions of Naira he looted as LMC chairman, not a dead NPFL.

Even as corrupt as the NFF are, they have seen the urgent need to revive the NPFL by engaging Davidson Owumi, one of the best football administrators in the country as CEO.


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