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Bash Ali Clears Minister Over Alleged N7.2bn Diversion



Former World cruiser-weight Champions, Bash Ali has debunked online media reports that the Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung is sitting on N7.2billion approved by President Muhammadu Buhari for the promotion of his ‘Guinness Book of Records World Boxing Championship Bout’.

He made the clarification yesterday during a courtesy visit to the Minister’s office in Abuja, ahead of the first Local Organizing Committee Meeting (LOC) billed for May 21, 2019.

He denied making any pronouncements to anybody regarding the funds to be released by the federal government.

“My attention has been drawn to an online publication that Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung is holding billions of Naira released for the ‘Bash Ali Boxing Project’.

“I was with the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof Yemi Osinbajo recently and he never told me that a kobo was released to the Sports Ministry for the Bash Ali project or any other projects.”

“I’m not a coward and I can fight my battle myself. I do not need anybody to use me to fight with the Minister,” he said.

Reacting to the allegations, Dalung said he invited Bash Ali to his office is to clear the air about the reports.

“Why I decided to invite you to my office is that my attention has been drawn to a publication which is alleging that N7.2billon meant for the fight was diverted by me by a reputable human rights organization, I got worried. But I think they are not reputable regarding this allegation.”

“They are laying claim that federal government had released N7.2billon to the Ministry and that we diverted it. I decided to draw your attention whether you are aware that the money has been released and it been diverted”.

“The invitation letter has been sent to all the members of the local organizing committee for the meeting on the 21st of May 2019,” Dalung said.





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