​Why I Am Not Surprised Buhari Didn’t Retain Me – Dalung

A former Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalung, has stated that he was not surprised President Muhammadu Buhari did not reappoint him.

Dalung served as the nation’s sports minister during the first term of President Buhari but Sunday Dare was appointed in 2019 to replace him.

Speaking in an interview with The Punch, Dalung stated that he carried out his duties in Buhari’s first term without looking to be retained.


According to the former minister, he could have contracted COVID-19 at the beginning of the pandemic if he was reappointed.

Dalung said: “For me, I have this attitude which people hardly notice. I am not a man of second chances. In every opportunity I have in my life, I don’t anticipate coming back, rather, I take my time to do everything I can do.

“I sometimes told my friends that I was brought in as a minister by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria not to come back for a second term. I only made sure I spent the four years in such a manner that if I was not returned, I would have achieved what I wanted to achieve.

“So, I am not surprised because appointment is the will of God; if it is not meant for you, you will not have it. For me, it is never at all surprising. It rather props my conscience to begin to think otherwise because if peradventure I was (re)appointed, I might not have been alive today.

“Considering the office of the Minister of Sports and the travel schedules, I possibly could have travelled out of the country at the beginning of this coronavirus pandemic and nobody knows what could have happened.
“When I think of these things, I pick up my Bible and thank God for sparing my life.”

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