A former Super Eagles defender, Taribo West, has opened up in a new interview with Tana Aiyejina on how a politician once asked him to swear allegiance to a cult to get power and position in the country.
He was asked if he believes the reason why sportsmen and women are excluded from sports administration is because they lack educational qualifications and technical know how.
“That’s total rubbish; nonsense. How educated are those in FIFA? In Nigeria, is it every politician that went to school? Some can’t even write their names. But it’s only in my country that those in positions use demonic criteria to keep people away.
In other countries, if you are competent for the job, they will give it to you. We’ve got lots of ex-footballers who are graduates, lawyers, doctorate degree holders these days. Where are they now? Some are doing very well in their various fields.
I have been involved in the political system and things like this discouraged me from it. If it means I have to be a cultist to get a position, I’m not ready for that.
I’ll prefer to drink my garri at home and be free with God. At the time I was in politics, a running mate to a governorship aspirant in my state (Rivers), brought me money and told me to join their cult.”
He told me if I wanted power, they would give me position, and that if I wanted money, I would be enriched. But he insisted that I must belong in their cultism activities. So, I disassociated myself from them.
From that day, I made up my mind that I rather remain poor, than become a cultist. Like I said earlier, I’ve met politicians who can’t speak good English but because they have godfathers and belong to various cults, they’ve been empowered. It’s total rubbish. I’m not afraid to say what needs to be said.”