Senate summons Sunday Dare, Pinnick over vandalisation of stadium

Sunday Dare

The Senate on Wednesday summoned the minister of youth and sports development, Sunday Dare, over vandalisation of Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja on March 29 after the Super Eagles failed to qualify for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

The upper chamber equally invited the president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick and other agencies involved in the maintenance of stadium.

The resolutions were sequel to a point of order raised by Senator Michael Nnachi (PDP-Ebonyi) during plenary.

“A lot of valuable facilities at the stadium were destroyed but the extent of destruction is yet to be determined by the relevant government authority.

“There is no gainsaying that the destruction will cause the government of Nigeria several millions of naira to either replace or effect repairs.

“Apart from several unidentified football fans who were injured as a result of this incident, the death of Dr Joseph (Kabungo) is a huge loss to the global football community,” he said.

Supporting the motion, Senator Abba Moro (PDP-Benue) said it was a very sad day for Nigeria.

The Senate also mandated its committee on sports and youth development to investigate the remote and immediate causes of the failure of the Super Eagles to qualify for the World Cup in spite of the numerous government support.