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“Why We Want A Private Jet” – Nigeria Football and other Sports Supporters Club



Just as the private jet trend continues to gain popularity in Nigeria, the Nigeria Supporters Club has joined the throng of organisations seeking to acquire one.

According to the President of the Nigeria Football and other Sports Supporters Club (NFSSC), Rafiu Ladipo, enormous money is being spent on its members for flight tickets to go and cheer the national teams during their international engagements, which informed the idea of acquiring a private jet.

While speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria recently, he refuted suggestions that the body’s wish to acquire a private jet is a ‘misplaced priority’ adding that it would help them cut cost rather than spending huge amounts on plane tickets.

“The supporters club is an outfit that travels all the time with the country’s national teams, and you can imagine a situation where about 300 members are travelling for a competition.

“It involves a lot of money when we embark on such trips 20 to 30 times in a year, so we thought it wise to lease a plane that will be on ground to be taking us on our various trips. We are not just going to keep it there for only our trips, because we are aware of other expenses like the parking charges and so on.

“If we are able to get it, we will equally use it to carry passengers; it is only when we need it that we will demand for it to take us on our trips. We are still at the planning stage and if it happens, it will be for the good of the Supporters Club and indeed Nigeria,’’ he was quoted as saying.

He also added that some times, the Supporters club have to join the Nigerian Football Federation’s delegation to go and cheer the various national teams and often arrive late at some of the competitions.

Considering the points raised here, do you think getting a private jet is what the Supporters Club really needs?

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. Idak

    March 20, 2013 at 10:07 am

    As long as they fund it themselves,no worries. No govt grant,private contributions.
    I am more worried by the fact that Rafiu Ladipo has been the president of that organisation for over two decades. The man should have some shame and handover to another human being. Some of these clowns have no shame at all. It seems heading the supporters club has become his sole source of income. I hope after they buy the jet it will not be used as part of his retirement benefits when he eventually lives office or if he dies in the office his family will not claim it as part of his estate.

  2. NairaWebHosts

    March 20, 2013 at 10:29 am

    okay whether them need am or not, the ideal is not a bad one, but make them no say them need to put how them to maintain the plane in the planning process, no be to just buy am,possible lease am to one airline and also deligate the maintenance as well as servicing as well.

    common light them never fit give us, maybe someone want use this one clean out

    make them try

  3. phummie

    March 20, 2013 at 10:31 am

    hmmmmm. its not completely an undeserved request considering what our money is been used for in this country. I think its ok.

  4. Omo Naija

    March 20, 2013 at 10:47 am


  5. Ms lala

    March 20, 2013 at 11:30 am

    they might have a point ohhh…i rather not have them fly on dana air and die …oniranu Nigerian aviation authority…bellanaija if u like no post my comment.

  6. pynk

    March 20, 2013 at 11:40 am

    lmao and they cant simply charter one when the need arises? and what PJ ferries 300 pple at the same time? ignorance is really bliss.

  7. Ready

    March 21, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    LOL. Why do we even have a National Supporters’ Club? To ensure Nigerian presence at matches? It’s not enough to promote the match to Nigerians in the country where the match will hold? These people are not necessary…how about we question their relevance? Why should our tax Nairas go to them? Do they have other jobs? It’s like the National Institute of Sports..what does it do? What research has it released? How do they help our athletes? Honestly, we need to privatize sports in Nigeria too. Do that and watch the Nigerian Football League grow by leaps and bounds.

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