The Association of Nigeria Sports Professionals (ANSP) held another press conference in Portharcourt on Monday16th March 2015 with the presence of top journalists and representatives of able and disabled sports men, The press conference is in line with the upcoming rally of the association scheduled for 25th of March 2015 in Portharcourt tagged “Sports people against Election Violence”.
It was in line with the last rally held in Gombe state by the same association, The Spokesperson of the organization Mr. Adesiyan Ayodeji stated that the president of the association Mr Bayonle Ahmed Arashi who is currently in the United States will arrive on time to be part of the rally, He will be coming with the necessary supporting materials and some interested partners for the rally. Mr. Adesiyan spoke extensively about the need for youths to be part of the rally he said “the Sportsmen of Nigeria are not cowards and that they are ready to fully participate in the elections”. He further told the people present that “Nigerians should understand that these politicians have houses and families overseas where they can be safe if there is post-election violence so no one should be used by any politician”. He summarily passed across the association’s president commendation for Nigeria’s commander in chief Dr. Goodluck Jonathan for cheques issued to the families of immigration job scandal but Bayonle Arashi insisted that the company that held the recruitment scam be exposed and the minister sanctioned accordingly.
The association had two of its members (LUKMAN J. MOHAMMAD and ABDULJALAL A DAUDA) murdered last week in Gombe state where ANSP had their last rally, they are strong members of the association in the Northern region, Abdul was also an active member of the Civil Society Organization while Lukman Mohammad is a member of National Youth Council Gombe State Chapter. Both had a stronghold for ANSP in the Northern part of Nigeria but we lost them both and we are still grateful to God that we can continue to fight the cause they fought for till they died concluded Adesiyan.