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Fmr WBC Explodes, Says “they blocked me from Presidency for saying No to corruption”

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Fmr WBC Explodes, Says “they blocked me from Presidency for saying No to corruption”

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…Highlights host country’s benefits championship

…Building of Sports Academies, others in Nigeria
*Sunday Dare extorted N13M from me for recharge card

By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

Huge Monitory values, revenues employment, building of five Sports Academies with Olympic Size Swimming Pool and a Sports equipment manufacturing factory across Nigeria at the rate of US20M each, are some of the advantages of what Nigeria stand to benefits in anticipation for hosting World Boxing Championship.

Nigerian former World Boxing Champion (WBC), and project host, Bashiru Lawrence Ali, aka Bash Ali, disclosed this in a letter he signed and addressed to President Bola Tinubu titled: “Corrupt Minister John Enoh’s demand for another US$1M”.

Bash Ali, had in his April 24th 2024, letter to the President accused minister John Enoh of purposely sending his file to wrong department with intention to deliberately delaying LOC meetings of championship hosting process because he refusing to heed to Enoh’s demand for US$1 million bribe.

According to his letter to Tinubu, most of members of his cabinet know about these but have refused to intervene or bring the matter to President attention, and all his acknowledgement letter to Tinubu and, “Your first lady, Oluremi Tinubu, as the presidency have been blocked all because I “Say No to Corruption”, he lamented.

Highlighting the advantages and benefits of the championship, Ali stated that a Guinness World Record Boxing Championship Bout has never held outside of the United States of America (USA).

“Mine will be the first, and because of my age as the oldest boxer, it will be the most lucrative in the history of Pay Per View Television (PPVTV) revenue and above all, on the soil of Africa, Nigeria to be exact.

“I am the no 1 most qualified Boxer as the oldest. No 2 is Evander Holy-field, USA, and No 3 is Mike Tyson, USA. I am an extraordinary athlete – simply put. But unfortunately, I am a Nigerian in Nigeria a country where heroes are relegated to the back burner and celebrated when they are dead”, he stated.

Ha also stated that “My President Sir, part of the profit from the PPVTV revenue will be paid to the FGN in taxes; five Sports Academies with Olympic Size Swimming Pool and a Sports Equipment Manufacturing Factory will be built across Nigeria at the rate of US20M each.

“These establishments will help to create jobs for Nigerians and an avenue for Nigerian athletes to exhibit their talents and earn big time money in the process” , he stated.

He also stated that “The One Hundred and Thirty Two Countries in Nigeria will boost the tourism sector. The FGN for a change will get an unprecedented level of positive publicity.

“My President Sir, it is imperative to inform you that the FGN has already written a letter to the boxing body to guarantee their safety in Nigeria and that the Ministry of Youth & Sports will follow up to ensure timely payment of the fight money.

“My President Sir, to make this Historic Event a reality in Nigeria, the FGN on three occasions on November 9, 2006, on January 7, 2014 and again on May 21, 2019, inaugurated the LOC with the private Sector to host and fund the historic event and to make things move faster and better, the office of the President of Nigeria, the Senate and the House of Representatives are members and represented by their various Chairmen on sport.

“My President Sir, it is imperative to inform you that the Ministry of Sport is not putting up a Kobo but to midwife the historic event on behalf of the FGN. In fact, the Ministry will earn some money in the process but Minister Enoh believes in national gain and not national gain.

“My President Sir, after the May 21, 2019, inauguration, Minister Solomom Dalung was removed and replaced with Sunday Dare and another sophisticated line of corruption and impunity took over.

“Out of my N28M judgment against the FGN, Sunday Dare extorted N13M from me for recharge card and demanded for another 50/50 share of the PPVTV revenue since the principal actors, Abba Kyari is dead and Dalung is out of the office.
“I said NO to him and wrote several letters to complain to President Buhari and even met with the then chief of staff, Prof Gambari but Sunday Dare stood his ground.

“When Sunday Dare could not get his 50/50 PPVTV demand, despite the inaugurations by the FGN, despite the letter from the FGN that Nigeria guarantees their safety in Nigeria etc, Sunday Dare wrote a letter to me and copied the World Boxing body that Nigeria is not involved in the historic fight”, it stated.

According to Ali “In order words, all the three inaugurations by the FGN, letter to guarantee their safety in Nigeria by the FGN etc are all fraud.

“My President Sir, the letter from Sunday Dare purported to have been written on behalf of the FGN caused me my professional boxing license and untold hardship etc. I sued the FGN in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/1231/2021 and the matter is coming up again on May 20, 2024 at the High Court of Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

“My President Sir, the Promoter of this historic fight, Prince Stanley Williams at Monarch Events and Promotions has been in Nigeria since August 2023 waiting for a meeting with FGN that should not take more than a week to organize. This is the renewed hopelessness agenda as introduced by Minister Enoh.
“My President Sir, I did not leave my comfort zone in the USA to come to fight my country, Nigeria in a court battle. I came to Nigeria to host the biggest boxing show in the world and shock the world by rewriting boxing history and bring honor, glory and financial growth to Nigeria so help me make this laudable dream a reality, please”, he stated.

Finally he urged the Presidency to takes over the hosting of this historic fight instead Sports ministry, settled the suit against the FGN out of court, properly investigate his allegations against minster Enoh and take appropriate action against him.

He also stated that “The letter and text messages exchange between minister Enoh and I are available on demand. Reading it will make you sad, and sad.

“My president most of members of your cabinet know about these but have refused to intervene or bring the matter to your attention and all my acknowledgement letter to you and, your first lady Oluremi Tinubu, as the presidency have been blocked all because I “Say No to Corruption”, he lamented.

According to him, FGN had between 2006 and 2019 inaugurated several LOC for the actualization of the project with representation from NASS, and private sector, adding that all they needed from the sports ministry is midwives and even make some money in the process but lamented that all Enoh want is personal gains.

All efforts to get Minister Enoh further clarification was fruitless due to bottleneck.