Recall that about a week ago, it was reported that Solomon Dalung, the Youth and Sports Minister, tendered apology to the players and officials of Nigeria’s Olympic football team for the challenges they faced, leading to their late arrival in Brazil for the Rio Olympics.
According to a statement by the Spokesperson of the Nigeria Football Federation, Ademola Olajire, on Monday, August 8th, Solomon apologized to the players and officials after watching the Dream Team VI defeat Sweden in Manaus on Sunday August 7th, to reach the quarter finals of the tournament.
Dalung, a conspicuous presence in the stands as the 1996 champions pipped Europe’s best team Sweden in Manaus on Sunday night to reach the tournament quarter –finals with a game to spare, tendered his apology in the dressing room after the game at the Arena Amazonia.
“I want to apologise for all the circumstances that led to your late arrival here. I apologise because I am the head and as such I must take responsibility for anything that happens under my watch,” Dalung was quoted as saying after exchanging pleasantries with the victorious players.
He added that
“Lessons had been learnt from the event and assured the players and officials that all bonuses and allowances due to them would be paid.”
The team captain, Mikel Obi, was quoted as assuring Dalung that the team would not have lose focus as their target was to win the gold medal for Nigeria.
Dalung watched the match in company with Nigeria’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Brazil, Adamu Emozozo, and the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr. Chinyeaka Ohaa.
This is how it should be. A leader is first a servant before he can be a true leader. Tendering apology showed humility. The team on the other hand would be more careful not to lose their confidence as they have rightly promised him.
I believe as Dalung have rightly said that their late arrival was all his fault. So subsequently, he should be more competent and proactive in order to avoid such incidents from occuring again.
If the right things can be done, the world would be a better place to live in. You don’t command respect, you earn it. Knowing that you can only force a horse to the river but you cannot force it to drink the water.