Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong, said football was important to Nigeria’s unity and must not be taken with levity.
Lalong, who just returned to the country from Egypt where he had gone to cheer the Super Eagles at the on-going Nations Cup, stated this at Aso Rock while fielding questions from newsmen after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said, “I came to see the President on behalf of my state and on behalf of the 19 northern states as the Chairman of Northern Governors’ Forum.
“I came in to have a discussion with Mr President. Of course, many of you know that I just came back from Egypt where we went to cheer our Super Eagles. I also brought him the concerns of our players over there and he promised to handle the matter immediately.
“This is because football is a unifying factor in Nigeria and we should not joke with it. If they bring back the cup, it will cement our relationship and that is one of it.”