In a rare display of self-criticism, the government of Nigeria yesterday in London expressed its disappointment at the performance of the Nigerian contingent to the ongoing London 2012 Olympics.
The position of the government was articulated by the Minister of Sports, Mallam Bolaji Adullahi at a press conference tagged ‘Nigeria Olympic Review’ at the Nigeria House in Stratford, London.
He lamented the athletes’ poor performance saying, “Our inability to win any medal so far is as disappointing for my team and myself and for all Nigerians everywhere, “the Minister told BBC.
“But we must have the courage to see it as it is. This is a clear testimony to how far our sports has fallen behind,” he said.
The minister referred to Nigeria’s Olympic performance as an opportunity to learn and rebuild other than indulging in unproductive blame-game.
Expressing his Commission’s determination to make amends, the minister said the performance as “the necessary disequilibrium required for serious actions and drastic change. We will not allow this opportunity to pass.”
The minister concluded his critical review of Nigeria’s Olympic experience so far saying, “As you pose for a camera that is how you will appear. There’s no magic.”