How Buhari became subject of betting game in Nigeria
Is there anything wrong in a betting outfit creating window through which Nigerians could speculate on the possible date of Buhari’s return from his health vacation in London since May 7? But some are frowning at this play….Read detail:
Controversy has greeted the subjecting of Nigeria’s ailing President Muhammadu Buhari to subject of a sports betting game in his homeland.
Buhari, who has been away in London for almost three months was drawn out for betting on possibility of his return through a popular sports gaming site, NaijaBet.com.
The game house is asking those interested to stake their money on when Buhari who left Nigeria on May 7 on his latest medical trip to the British capital, would return.
The company usually focusses on English Premiership, Champions League and other sporting events, but recently launched the ‘Buhari to Return’ game,which reads:
“YOU CAN BET ON IF HE WILL RETURN ON THE 2ND WEEK OF AUGUST OR THE 4TH.”
But sources within the Presidency said the regulatory agency, Nigerian Game Promotion, is being persuaded to sanction the betting outfit for putting the President’s name under ridicule.
“The betting has gone out of way by leaving its primary focus – sports – to joking with the health condition of the Nigerian President.
“Since there is a regulator, necessary inquiry should be carried to ascertain the reality that such issue, bordering on Buhari’s health could be subjected to such a joke as betting,” said a top Presidency.
But NaijaBet.com, reacting to the criticism trailing its creation of betting window based on Buhari’s health said it was one of the ways of allowing Nigerians express their love for their leader.
The 74-year-old President Buhari first sought treatment in London in June last year for what presidency officials said was a persistent inner ear infection, returning in six months for check-ups that were later said to be “a long period of treatment”.
Buhari himself admitted on his return to Abuja in March that he had not been that ill before.
In the mid of July 2017, both members of the ruling party and the opposition went to see Buhari in London and even took pictures with him aimed at dousing public anxiety.