By Bright Nwogu
Former presidential aide, Reno Omokri, has reacted to the congratulatory message of President Muhammadu Buhari to the Super Eagles on their victory over Guinea Bissau on Wednesday night, in the ongoing African Cup of Nations, AFCON.
|L-R Buhari, Omokri|
The Eagles trashed the Wild Dogs of Guinea Bissau two goals to nil in their third match in Group D, after they had, days ago, humbled the Pharaohs of Egypt and the Falcons of Jediane of Sudan in their first two matches.
By the win, Nigeria, who is top in the group with nine points, followed by Egypt with six points, have already qualified for the next round of the AFCON.
Taking to his official Facebook page, Buhari urged the eagles to maintain and even surpass the form that made them leaders in the group.
He said, “Congratulations to our Super Eagles on winning all their three games and advancing to the second round of the AFCON in grand style.
“I urge them to maintain and even surpass the terrific form that has made them leaders in the group stage, and to remain good ambassadors of Nigeria on and off the field.
“The entire country looks forward with hope to a total of SEVEN emphatic wins in this competition. Three down, four to go!”
The president also assured the eagles of “my unflinching support as they soar like the Eagles that they are to write yet another brilliant chapter in the unfolding story of Nigerian football.”
However, reacting to the president’s post in the comments section of the post, Omokri said the local coach, Augustine Eguavoen, is “doing better than the multimillion-dollar foreign coach, Gernot Rohr.”
He used the example of Eguavoen’s performance on the eagles to cite an example of the country’s health sector.
He said, “Dear Muhammadu Buhari,
“You see how the local coach, Augustine Eguavoen, is doing better than the multimillion-dollar foreign coach, Gernot Rohr? Maybe our local doctors would prove to be better than your multimillion London doctors if you give them a chance.
“Maybe our local economy will get better if you stop taking external loans and start cutting internal waste. If Augustine Eguavoen can do it with the little he has, believe me, you can do it with the much you have!”
The ex-presidential aide advocated for better pay for the super eagles’ coach.
“Meanwhile, on a serious note, our government should consider paying Augustine Eguavoen the same megabucks they paid Gernot Rohr. We cant pay Rohr millions for delivering failure and pay Eguavoen less for delivering success. My people, do I speak well in this?”
Freedom Sunrise News does not, however, have details of the amount paid to Nigerian coaches.