AFCON 2019: Buhari Shocked over Tension in Super Eagles’ Camp
Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, has claimed President Muhammadu Buhari was shocked by reports that allowances were owed the Super Eagles for their first two matches against Burundi and Guinea, at the ongoing African Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Lalong disclosed this on Monday in Abuja, after he met with Buhari at the Presidential Villa.
The players had protested at their Helnan Palestine Hotel in Egypt, although the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) explained it was due to bank delays.
Lalong was on the government delegation that visited Egypt to watch the Nigeria’s games against Burundi and Guinea.
“I came to see the President on behalf of my state and on behalf of the 19 northern states as the Chairman of Northern Governors’ Forum.
“I came in to have a discussion with Mr President. Of course, many of you know that I just came back from Egypt where we went to cheer our Super Eagles. I also brought him the concerns of our players over there and he promised to handle the matter immediately.
“This is because football is a unifying factor in Nigeria and we should not joke with it. If they bring back the cup, it will cement our relationship and that is one of it,” he said.