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After a Glorious Paralympics Outing, Team Nigeria Returns Home to a Low Profile Reception



Team Nigeria returned from the recently concluded London 2012 Paralympic Games yesterday to a very low profile reception, unbefitting of a team that brought glory to Nigeria.

At the Paralympic games, the team won 13 medals which includes 6 gold, 5 silver and 2 bronze. They also made four world records, came third position in Africa and finished in the 22nd position in the world.

Channels TV reports that when the 29-man team arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) at about 2.30pm on Tuesday afternoon, there was no official of National Sports Commission on hand to receive them.

In an interview with some of the athletes, they complained that special sports was not given due recognition in Nigeira and that the government should accord them similar respect and reward as their able counterparts.

Watch a video of their arrival and complains at the airport – Channels TV

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  1. Someone

    September 12, 2012 at 7:47 am

    These wonderful athletes did us proud and should have been given a high profile welcome party. These are the ones that deserve national awards not those looters and thieves.

    • Laila Ikeji

      September 12, 2012 at 10:49 am

      My dear, the thing tire person. there was no official of National Sports Commission on hand to receive them. you can imgine how depressed these champions must have felt. You guys are heros!!

  2. Zanele

    September 12, 2012 at 7:54 am

    .If Beyonse were to come tomorrow to Nigeria the whole celebrity clan and ordinary citizen even your highness the first lady would flock to the airport, It is such a shame, but you guys take a bow you have done Nigeria and Africa proud. We love you and you deserve better.

  3. nijea

    September 12, 2012 at 8:00 am

    we are proud of you people. you made nigerians proud! you set world record and you all deserve more! thank you for making nigerians round the world so proud!

  4. tama

    September 12, 2012 at 8:04 am

    this is really sad , brings tears to my eyes…
    very unfair really..

  5. giggy

    September 12, 2012 at 8:08 am

    this is a shame on the sports ministry. these people brought back medals which able bodied people failed to bring and to honor them is now a big deal abi? USELESS IDIOTS!

  6. ayetoro kan

    September 12, 2012 at 8:10 am

    if that is true….then a resounding shame on the sports commission!

  7. adenike

    September 12, 2012 at 8:23 am

    This is absolutely disheartening. If those incompetent folks at the NSC don’t appreciate you guys, trust me, so many Nigerians do. We respect and applaud you all for doing us proud. Well done!!!

  8. ij

    September 12, 2012 at 8:23 am

    The mind boggles really ,where in the world is the Minister of sports?
    over here in the UK , we have been inundated with endless profiling of their athletes , because they are proud of them and they want to highlight the stories behind their disabilities which adds to the appreciation for what they are trying to or have achieved regardless of their situation, not to talk of countless receptions that await them all in honour of their efforts.
    I wonder why anyone even bothered to meet our paralympians at the airport , if it was this shambolic reception that was planned? Absolutely disgraceful.
    Tomorrow the so called minister will spew all kinds of total BS about how there is work to be done and how he is only just settling down in his new freaking role.

  9. Alma

    September 12, 2012 at 8:23 am


  10. Changing Faces

    September 12, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Welcome lovely people, you all did us proud! Shame on the sports commission, where they are definitely more inspired by mediocrity

  11. NNEKA

    September 12, 2012 at 8:25 am

    I’m not suprised. I just pray that this incident doesent discourage them from representing Nigeria in future competitions. The National Sports Commision had better sit up.

  12. i no send

    September 12, 2012 at 8:28 am

    presido is out of the country…but maybe minister of sports should have received them na

  13. Drpeperempe

    September 12, 2012 at 8:31 am

    typical of the government! So irritating! Learnt a long time ago to just make Naija proud and forget about a reward cos the “good guys” don’t get much, its the thieves and those deemed societally acceptable (in this case) that are applauded. What a shame!

  14. bbb

    September 12, 2012 at 8:33 am

    this is so sad…. 🙁 really not nice Goodluck..what the abled men couldn’t do …. God would reward you guys ….

  15. DiePretty

    September 12, 2012 at 8:34 am

    God,this is so unfair!!!! Nigeria why????

  16. Femi

    September 12, 2012 at 8:38 am

    What a shame! How dare we not celebrate a group that did us so proud? Na wa for this country sha and instead we celebrate the mediocrity and blatant thievery of many of the recipients of the National Merit Awards? #GodHelpUs#

  17. BIMBY

    September 12, 2012 at 8:43 am

    This is so unfair of the Nigerian Government and the Sports Ministry! The Nigerian paralympians deserve a befitting welcome and also need to be encouraged.

  18. Lilian

    September 12, 2012 at 9:40 am

    This is a shame to d sport minister hahahahaha people dat made us proud na waooooooooooooooooo na only to chop money u know

  19. simdamsel

    September 12, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Dis Nigeria govt sef , dey have loose focus ,@times i wonder what all of dem are doing in govt. To welcome people dat made dis country proud is a big job for dem, shame on dem all irrespective of who dey are. And to our great paralympics team good job and God be wit u all.

  20. Brandon Tor

    September 12, 2012 at 10:36 am

    This is another clear example of the cluelessness of this Satan infested government. There occasions when a leader makes a mark. This is definitely one. A thoughtful and sensible leader would have sent a message to welcome these gallant sports men and women back if he could not make it. For the President not to acknowledge them because they are physically challenged shows his clear directionlessness and zero leadership. This government is accursed. A wicked and useless government, of no use to anybody. The biggest tragedy is that Nigerians have to endure this useless government until 2015. By then he nation as a whole would have been thoroughly in ruins.
    No matter, these athletes have done us proud and we will honor them even if these fools in governance won’t.

  21. Temiyemi

    September 12, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Na wa o!! This is so sad

  22. chichi

    September 12, 2012 at 11:11 am

    So once again the public officials have failed. BellaNaija thanks for keeping us updated with these superhumans, who have not gotten the recognition they deserve. However, we shouldn’t always wait for the government to act. BN, platforms like yours are useful. You can use your site as a medium to bring the lives of these people to light. The talented writers you have can do stories on them.

    I strongly believe their efforts are inspiring enough to earn endorsements. These are people that we need to be reminded of right now in this country. Despite their disability and challenges they went on to achieve greatness. Perhaps it is still possible that despite our challenges in Nigeria, we can still become a great country. It would be a great reminder to see their faces on billboards all across the nation, the same way we see Basketmouth, Funke Akindele, Ini Edo et al. Lets not let their efforts die away.

    I think it was prophetic that they acheived what the other athletes couldnt do. After all, even the bible says God chooses the things that seem foolish to confound the things that seem wise. (I’m not saying the para-olympians are foolish or anything like that by the way)

  23. chike

    September 12, 2012 at 11:21 am

    wont even bother to comment, nigeria….hmmmm smh

  24. Fashion Police

    September 12, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    SHAME ON JONATHAN, BOLAJI AND THE ENTIRE GOVT. This peeps did what the able ones couldn’t do and deserve proper recognition haba. Welcome back great people,God almighty will reward you all and congratulations. You should be proud of urselves,we love you.

  25. cathy

    September 12, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    This wicked govt need a hard knock on the head. how callous can they be?

  26. Michelle

    September 12, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    This is crazy mehn. I knew it was gonna end like this. SHAME ON THEM! They are really pathetic. Psweeeeeeee!

  27. faith

    September 12, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    shame on our leaders….smh

  28. Ibukun

    September 12, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    I’m really irritated by this! How does the government spend an insane amount on other groups that don’t do well, but forget to celebrate the ones that do? Ah! Naija!
    Calling all celebrities….please host our sports heroes, let them know that we love and are proud of them. Oya Kanu…Okocha….una don retire ba?

  29. Mz Socially Awkward...

    September 12, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    I’ll bet you anything the morons at the National Sports Commission will probably defend themselves by saying “oh, but we gave them tickets to go to London, isn’t that reward enough?” or something in similar vein.

    The Nigerian government is such a failure on so many levels…

  30. jay

    September 12, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    It is a big shame on the sport commission. during the olympics when abled men were busy playing, one stupid commisioner was busy watching porno films at the hotel he lodged… God dey see una oh. just pray that you dont go cripple for this shameful act.
    I hail all the participants wey make Naija proud.

  31. Seun

    September 12, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Can you imagine? mtchiewww
    Pls WE THE MASSES are proud of you. God punish the useless NSC people that fashied una

  32. Tolani

    September 12, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    it’s really disheartening oh. Nigeria, once again we hail thee!!!

  33. brandigest

    September 12, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Only in Nigeria. We need to flush out all these parochial and senseless leaders that have active brains of those from the 13th century.
    If the government or sports administrators don’t honor you, people like me will write good things about you for the whole world to know of you guys nobility and patriotism. In the face of lack, poor handling, physical challenges and emotional trauma you guys braced the odds and put this country’s map on the medal’s table and dignified our entity abroad.. I hail you guys, I salute you for making us proud.

  34. konnie

    September 12, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Proud of you all. God bless and thank you

  35. truthisbitter tinz

    September 12, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Nigeria is not worth dying for. I wish people witnessed the celebration of the succcessful British olympians in London, you will regret where you came from. I don’t blame the DRC contigent and the Cameroonians.

    Just check the British athletes about 40% of them are Nigerians. Brainn drain confirmed.

    • yummymummy

      September 13, 2012 at 2:57 pm

      True my dear..40% from Nigerian background..even the Paralympian host on UK channel 4 ( Ade Adepitan)..I have washed my hands on talking about Nigeria..end of~

  36. Rev. Anierichman Lambert

    September 14, 2012 at 1:18 am

    Kudos to our patriotic nigerians, who went out unsung, but they became the cynosure of the eyes of the world. Either they celebrate you people or not, your names that ahve been engraved on gold, silver, bronze or any other material, cannot be wiped off. Some of you shattered world and paralympic records.
    Please I’d like to warn my fellow citizens not to abuse or curse their president. Like the proverbial stream that snakes past several towns; he that defeacates in to it, if father’s side does not drink, then the mother’s side must of necessity drink. Government is a continuum. Ours is democratic, and not monarcial. Some day you or your relation may sit there, and the curses and woes you vented on the former who occupied that position will start working for you (or your relation) in seven-fold.
    God bless Nigeria.
    Nigeria is a GREAT nation.

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