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Ex Presidential Aide Drags Boniface To NFF Over “Aboki” Comment

Super Eagles and Bayer Leverkusen talisman Victor Boniface has been dragged to disciplinary committee department of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF)

Boniface before the UEFA Europa League clash against Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Azerbaijani club Qarabag on Thursday, was presented with a UEFA Europa League Golden boot plaque. The 22-year-old took the delivery for finishing as UEFA Europa League highest goalscorer last season(alongside Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford).

And in his usual way of posting memes on his social media handle, the former Bodø and Glimt forward posted a video (now deleted), and left a comment saying “Aboki go thing say na iron”.

The term ‘Aboki” according to a former presidential aide Ahmad Bashir is derogatory and capable of causing disunity among Nigerians.

What Bashir said about Victor Boniface

“I write to the Nigeria Football Federation

@theNFF to express my deep concern and disappointment regarding recent comments made by Boniface a prominent player of our national team, the Super Eagles,” the former aide wrote on his X handle.

“His comment has the potential to promote disunity, which is contrary to the ideals that our nation holds dear. Nigeria, as a diverse and culturally rich country, has always celebrated unity in diversity.

“Our national sports teams, including the Super Eagles, have been a source of pride and unity for all Nigerians. These teams serve as a unifying force, transcending ethnic, religious, and regional differences. They bring us together and allow us to celebrate our shared love for the beautiful game.

“However, it is disheartening to witness a player of the Super Eagles making statements that appear to sow division or discord. We, as lovers of Nigerian unity, believe that unity and cohesion are essential for the success of our national teams. Therefore, it is crucial that we condemn any actions or remarks that may undermine this unity.

“I kindly request that the Nigeria Football Federation takes this matter seriously and addresses it appropriately.”

He added, “I look forward to seeing positive steps taken to address it.”

Whether or not the NFF will make case out of the call remains unknown. However, Boniface is expected to make the Super Eagles squad for next month’s world cup qualifier fixtures against Lesotho and Zimbabwe.

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