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Nwabueze Cautions Bash Ali

Posted: Jun 30, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Whenever his name is mentioned, it is usually associated with controversy. If he was not stranded in Libya or arrested for constituting public nuisance, it would be that he is accusing public office holders of corruption. This time, Bashiru Lawrence, popularly known as Bash Ali, has drawn the ire of  the president of the National Youth Council, Henry Nwabueze.

Miffed by Ali’s incessant outbursts, Nwabueze has cautioned the Nigerian boxing legend to stop blackmailing public officials and do something meaning ful with his life.

Nwabueze said: “Bash Ali should stop accusing public office holders of asking for bribe, which he has no evidence to prove till date. He should instead think of training young Nigerians who are interested in boxing rather than trying to intimidate public office holders with allegations of bribery when he has nothing doing currently.

He accused Patrick Ekeji, the then director-general of the National Sports Commission, he accused the former Minister of Sports, Bolaji Abdullahi, of bribery and later apologised to the minister publicly. Now, it is Nexim Bank.

“We  call on President Muhammadu Buhari not to allow Bash Ali drag him into playing dirty with his exalted office.  All over the world, professional boxers do not fight their government to host or promote fights for them like Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Samuel Peter, Joe Lasisi, Mike Tyson, Rick Carmlin and others.

“We further call on President Buhari to disregard Bash Ali’s call to fight public officers who are going about doing their lawful duties.  The Nigerian youth will no longer allow any person to disrupt the peace and unity of this country.

“From our findings, we gathered that (Ali) never represented Nigeria throughout his career as a boxer, why then should he  now decide to drag Nigeria into his ambition?

“We, therefore, advise him to stop  harassing any public office holder carrying out his or her lawful duties for the growth of Nigeria and Nigerian youths.”