LETTER STEPHEN OKECHUKWU KESHI..............CHOP OUR MONEY.

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Have you heard the news? Super Eagles coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi wants the NFF to double his salary and pay him ten million Naira a month. And we are incensed? People are wishing Boko Haram on the poor man, for the audacity to demand such a salary to serve his motherland. Nigerians haba! Often perplexing is our flight from reason about things that matter most to our lives. Football has often been described as a matter of life and death. In Nigeria, it is much more than that. Football determines our life and sometimes our death. As a Nigerian national football coach, you will sooner than later be sacrificed for the greater good of the country. You wear a fruitless crown and report to all Nigerians-sane and insane. A nation where every Tom, Dick and Harry is a bolekaja football aficionado. It is indeed the most important job in the nation. To question ten million Naira per month is downright ludicrous and idiotic. Ten million Naira, becomes a cheap bargain when you grapple with the occupational hazard that comes with the package. Consider the repellent criticisms with vituperative remarks- and we are talking on a daily basis. The nagging headache from intense stress. A job that can only brutify and not edify you. A melancholic problematic duty, where you have to bribe to get paid every month. Your to do lists swells like a air mattress. Let us be honest with ourselves; who in their right mind wants to coach the Super Eagles of Nigeria? So the question is why pay Keshi? The real question is: WHY NOT PAY KESHI? Football, not RELIGION is the opium of the Nigerian masses. And it is the prerogative of any Nigerian Government to serve us our hallucinatory dope. If Keshi wants a private jet. We should provide one for him by any means necessary. If he wants seventy virgins, we should throw Beyonce, in with all those single ladies. Without football in our lives, there will be a country -Biafra. Without football in our lives, there will be Oduduwa Country. Without football in our lives, we will suddenly realize that the girls....YES! THOSE GIRLS.... Boko Haram took, are still missing. Without football in our lives, we will KNOW that Chelsea United, Manchester United and Arsenal are not clubs based in Nigeria. Without football in our lives, we will be aware of our poverty in a land of milk and honey. As a drug for our schizophrenia, we need to pay Keshi. The beauty of football's continuous flow, is that one thing leads to another. The kerfuffle over a paltry ten million per month should stop. We are in a country where a Senator makes $70,000 month. Senate President David Mark, takes home 250 million Naira quarterly. More than 70% of our national income goes into paying salaries and allowances of political office holders who are less than 1% of the Nigerian population. Perverse politicians who are nothing but moochers and layabouts. If Nigeria had lost 1-7 TO Germany, during the last world cup. We would have demanded for Keshi's head on a platter. Send hired killers after his family. THE GIRLS ARE STILL MISSING......President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and our elected officials are still getting paid. The odd verities seem quaint. All we are saying is: pay Keshi his money NOW! Greatness is a compliment generally conferred on in retrospect. Stephen Ikechukwu Keshi is an icon.A trailblazer. If football is life, he made our lives very interesting.The first Nigerian to make it big as a professional football player. He was a champion as a player and a champion as a coach. So it will only be sophisticated and shrewd to reward him. Let him chop our money.........After all, WE GET AM PLENTY...... RIO DE JANEIRO—The most valuable and expensive World Cup ever will earn billions of dollars for FIFA, millions for the competing countries and thousands for the more than 700 players selected. From its near $4.5 billion in revenue from broadcasters, sponsors, hospitality and licensing deals, FIFA distributes just over $400 million to the 32 national federations taking part in the tournament. Here is how some of that money breaks down: ___ FIRST PRIZE The winner between Germany and Argentina in the final will get $35 million in prize money paid to its national federation, which can spend the money as it chooses. That’s $5 million more than the $30 million Spain took home from South Africa four years ago. The runner up gets $25 million (up from $24 million in 2010), while the third- and fourth-place teams get $22 million and $20 million, respectively. ___ PLAYERS’ SHARE FIFA lets national federations choose how to reward the 23 players on their squads. The German federation last year promised all 23 players a 300,000-euro ($408,000) bonus for winning a fourth World Cup title. That is the equivalent of a few weeks’ basic wage for the German players who are employed by wealthy European clubs like Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid. ___ PRIZE POOL Prize money for the other 28 federations who are eliminated before the semifinals stayed at the same level as in 2010. Quarterfinalists get $14 million, round of 16 losers get $9 million and those which failed to advance from the group get $8 million. How do they spend it? Four years ago, FIFA acknowledged it did not know if the $8 million paid to North Korea would stay within football there. In addition, FIFA paid $1.5 million in advance to each of the 32 federations to prepare for the tournament — an increase of $500,000 from the 2010 tournament That should have helped pay for training camps before arriving in Brazil and settle some player bonus issues which have traditionally dogged World Cup teams, especially from Africa. Ruminate on this!! From JAIYEOLA STREET with love. ___ This one for you Eric Shanu and Lola Valentine Shanu ,my man you got better than you deserved. Happy Anniversary. For you Bayo Oyekan and Bayo Balogun DEEDOC and Stephen Oshinowo happy birthday guys. My ijinle pam pam brothers from another mother. Long life with prosperity guys. Thanks for all you do for JAIYEOLA STREET. God bless you all. The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor. Albert Camus — with Tunde Oyekunle Oyeleke and 19 others.

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