By
Aderonke Bello
Dear
Alhaji Mohammed Bello,
I
am writing you this letter with utter disgust and disappointment in the way
your administration is handling the issues of herdsman in the capital city of
Nigeria especially with recent residency of cows at the Area 10 old parade
ground.
As
a football writer and aficionado, I think this is the worst treatment to ever
be meted on the already deteriorating state of football in the FCT – capital
city of Nigeria.
The
Area 10 old parade ground is the official local football field of the FCT,
lovely and beautiful; a venue that has produced football and basketball stars.
Sir, the place has now become a tussle between cows and humans, with cows
dragging it with players.
Ronke Bello
It
is so sad to learn that your administration ordered the AEPB staff to keep cows
on the field where humans play football, basketball and more importantly,
para-soccer stars who have no other such field suitable for them to play
football – how you want the para-soccer athletes to manage when cows are
treading over them is beyond me and other sports enthusiast.
The
cows as I write this letter enjoy more security than residents as we can see
security personnel protecting the arrested cows. Supreme FC and FC City
Strikers can no longer use the official football field in peace of mind; this
will undoubtedly affect their overall performance. Not to mention the
destruction that will be caused to grasses, and conversely the field of play as
they feed and trample on them.
It
is a shame to the FCT administration and the entire nation that a football
field is now a base for cows to stay. Please find the attached picture, as I
write this letter, players can no longer play football with ease. The place
smell of cow dung, some angry cows can be seen sometime running and chasing
people around the field.
My
request is this, please Sir, relocate the cows, remove them from the football
field, there are numerous land areas in the FCT that can easily fit the cows. I
hope you can look into this shameful issue promptly.
Thank
you.
Aderonke
Bello

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