Of Rashid Balogun and the jobless sports ‘stakeholder’ – By Tunde Akinlabi

Minister of sport, Bolaji
Minister of sport, Bolaji

Sports is one sector where everyone can claim to be a stakeholder.  That’s because the passion we all have for the game. But even that does not give us the liberty to disrespect, ridicule and insult those who have responsibility to administer sports. While criticism if constructive and good intentioned can help sports and make administrators more productive, the bad-mouthing which is the usual fare in the sector is destructive and does no good except to pull down the administrators.


This brings me to one Rashid Balogun.  I first came across his writing about a year ago.  It was a diatribe against someone I cannot recall. But the piece was so badly written; the language poor, filled with spelling and grammar errors that I thought no one would take him serious.  But the man seems unrelenting, posting one article after another and surprisingly some naïve people in the sports sector now reference him! This probably has boosted the man’s ego and feeling like the expert he is not, continued to feed us with his barely readable nonsense.


I believe it is time someone told him the truth. Mr. Balogun, you are a very poor writer and your arguments do not make sense, lacking logic and merit. You are like the family member who has a bad case of mouth odour and who no one has told the truth in order not to offend his sensibilities. But anyone who actually did would be doing a huge favour to Mr. Mouth Odour.  So here it is: Mr. Balogun, your articles stink to hell and do not make any sense.


But don’t take my word for it.  You can read Mr. Balogun’s nonsense in any of the online media that have mushroomed in the country.  He is so prolific at dishing it out that it is obvious that he does not have a day job. It is impossible for a person who is productively engaged to have the luxury of time to post the nonsense Mr. Balogun dishes out nearly every week.


But if those articles make sense and somehow contribute to the development of sports, one can excuse the bad grammar and obvious lack of talents for writing. But they do not. Take the article he wrote sometime in April about “Dictator Ojo Oba takes over NSC (in palace coup).” Typical Balogun, the goal of that piece appears to be to set the Minister of Sports against Dr. Bolaji Ojo Oba, a Director in the Ministry. After several exhaustive readings, what I could glean from it is that Balogun picked issues with Dr Ojo Oba’s comment that secretaries of federations should prepare their handover notes ahead of their redeployment to the Ministry. According to him, this was in defiance of the minister’s directive that the secretaries are to be withdrawn! And so Ojo Oba was a ‘Dictator’ bent on taking over the Ministry from the Minister. What logic!


The simple truth is that both men were saying the same thing! What I gathered from my investigations was the minister thought it was essential to grant the Federations more autonomy, in which case they, and not the National Sports Commission, NSC, would be responsible for their secretariat. His argument was that the NSC couldn’t blame the Federations for poor performance if it is responsible for their administrative component, which is the job of the Secretaries. And this is a common argument amongst some stakeholders, how the Federations are not autonomous and are tied to the apron string of the NSC.  The minister thus felt it was necessary in line with best practices to free the NSC of this role and make the body play its natural function of making policies, supervising them and ensuring compliance. And the first step towards this was to recall the secretaries who are staff of the NSC. But before their eventual and inevitable recall, they were asked to prepare their handover notes. That was the case Ojo-Oba was making when he said the Secretaries had been told to prepare their handover notes. But Balogun turned this up side down and interpreted it to mean direct defiance of the minister.


Well I am really not surprised, as the man seems incapable of understanding simple procedures. If he does, he would make sense in his writing and not write gibberish such as this:  “An attempt to bite the’ dust’ would not reflect a society norm but will certainly face the wrath of such normalcy. To be an athlete is not a norm but rather a symbol of eccentrics. Let me explain, less than 10% of our society considers themselves as athletes in their lifetime for whatever reason and majority of the population will ask for what purpose would a sprinter be running or who is pursuing him/her or why an individual is chasing after football.”


That is the introduction of a piece written by the semi illiterate Balogun who claims to be a Phd holder. Even though I read it 10 times, I could not understand the point he was trying to make. Reason why it grates me each time I read anything carrying his byline. The latest being on the Minister of Sports, Bolaji Abdullahi. I am sure the minister is capable of defending himself or has hired hands that can, but I think it necessary to expose Balogun for the fraud and charlatan that he is. In his latest piece, he attacked Abdullahi and Solomon Ogba, the President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN, for using drug tainted American Ellenwood Garfield as coach. This is a blatant lie, which an ordinary Google check could have exposed.


Then Balogun seems to be obsessed with vacant position of Director General in the Commission, having sleepless nights over beer parlour rumour over whose names were submitted to fill the vacancy. Ogba is the second rumoured candidate he is attacking. I think he should wait for the Minister to officially declare the position vacant and submit prospective nominees to the President. As it is Balogun is doing a very bad job of being a paid pen.



  1. Let me give you the five minutes of fame so-called Tunde Akinlabi the Professor of English. Communication is an art and as such if you read law you would have been able to discern that the audience determines the value of your statement. To do so simply mean the receiver of the message must understand what you are conveying to them.

    Mr. Bolaji Abdullahi or is it your acronym Akinlabi idiot Tunde you got the message, Nigerians got the message and in courtroom that’s how we do it. Therefore, again both you, agbero Solomon Ogba the prophet and the Minister have no business in administering any agency. Some Nigerians are not fools spending their past times getting drunk or stealing the future of their children rather we seek to better these children future by removing all impediments (I use these words to include all corrupt individuals and people like you). My children and their colleagues’ future is my worry and I could care less about so-called thieves in government houses everywhere.

    And for you, I say God Dey or Allah Dey take your pick your sponsors will meet the jail house soon. On English Grammar your writing suggest elementary skill of technical writing. Yes, TECHNICAL WRITING (there is no sentence structure required, you wouldn’t know that because you are an idiot born on the gallo). Lawyers know no bound to grammar or sentence structures and I advise you and your payers to review Supreme Court of Nigeria decisions and see if you can even understand what’s’ been said in any of them. My writings are not for you but Nigerians interested in their children future. You are the nation’s enemy and for that reason you belong in KUJE Prison and that will happen soon.

  2. @Akinlabi or is it Julius. Since you lacked basic skills to do online search I did one for you. Your Minister was not even in University when that man Dr. Balogun got designated as Certified Public Accountant in USA after Bachelor of Science in Accounting. here is the link..

    That man also earned PhD in Business Administration in1996 in California. In the 2000’s this same man studied law at University of London and earned both LLB(Hons) and LLM from presitigious University College London (where Nigeria Common law originates) as well as Queen Mary & Westfield Colleges.

    Now your Minister claimed he studied for Master at Sussex on so-called chevening scholarship for poor Africans. Now tell me AKINLABI are Nigerians missing something that your Minister is a toy on Governance compared to that Dr. Balogun. If Nigeria must improve we need that type of person not uneducated fools like you seeking favors from idiots at the helm. Talk about grammar you writes like secondary school student preparing to enter my Polytechnique. Yes I teach English and literature and know very well transmission of online letters at times omit some words or letters. If you are not dumb you should have been aware of that. And not think highly estimeed individual forgot to dot the i or cross the t. Mere foolishness as such that Bolaji must leave federal cabinent for incompetency

  3. I like this. It is interesting. This Balogun of a guy is stupid. I couldn’t read him even though I tried several times. The man cant write. I am sure no one takes him serious. I dont anyway. May be thats why I dont know he’s been attacking bolaji abdullahi, minister of sports and others. Abdullahi is about the best minister in this cabinet. The guy is sound, very articulate and knows his onions. We should build and not destroy. Anywsy no sane person would balogun serious.

    • @John or is it Julius the idiot. Do you know the meaning of TECHNICAL WRITING? If you do, I like to ask you, can you read and understand legislation? If you can, then you have selective reasoning aka sickness of the minds just as Julius or is it Bolaji the pranster in cabinet. Everyone of you parambulating as his cronies will face jail terms. A PhD holder knows no limit when issuing a report on technical issues whether or not it affects his won family. The truth must be told no matter the consequences. Bolaji Abdullahi will likely be re-assigned. That Dr. Balogun financed many athelets for over two years, developed at least six on the national team and I ask you how many NSC developed with N2Billion in 4yrs? How Many Bolaji develeoped in his life time including almost four years in England? How many Solomon Ogba developed in his life time? The answer is zero but that man developed over 100 athletes. The records are there.


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