World Boxing Federation (WBF) champion, Bashiru Lawrence Ali, popularly known as Bash Ali has denied misrepresenting facts and manipulate information on the Federal Government’s support and approval for the proposed Guinness Book of World Record Boxing Championship to be hosted by Nigeria.
It will be recalled that the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development had written to him last week, criticizing him for making false claims about the non-existence of government’s approval for the world title fight.
In a letter dated 12 January, 2020 which was signed by him and written to the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare rhetorically asked Sunday Dare: “Why is it when a Nigerian stands up to do something great in Nigeria, the number one opponents are the Nigerians who are supposed to help him or her? But when out of frustration, the Nigerian goes ahead and becomes successful; Nigerians will be the first to say “this is our own”.
Bash Ali then wondered that “for President Muhammadu Buhari not through a third party but to have personally directed you to meet with me on the matters of the world title fight shows that Mr. President appreciates my patriotism, tenacity, and my Nigerian spirit of never give up.
The world champion emphatically informed the Minister in his letter that when on 4 November, 2019 he met the Minister in his office in Abuja, he (Dare) told him that “the fight is no longer Bash Ali’s fight but the Government’s.
“You said in as much as Mr. President has directed you to host this historic fight, it would not be good for the appeal court case be pending and that if you do not advise Mr. President correctly, that Malami (Minister of Justice) would, so it would be best for us to settle out of Appeal Court so we can plan how to successfully host the historic event.”
Ali said that he left the Minister’s office with happiness and instructed his lawyers to perfect all documents for the out of court settlement which was quickly done and passed to the Minister since seven weeks ago. Unfortunately, what he received from the Minister was the letter from the Director of Legal Services.
Bash Ali, however, noted that he would not want to join issues with the Minister or any mischief maker who wants to truncate the smooth organisation of the fight as directed by the President, he would want Sunday Dare to execute the directive which he said he received from Mr. President with deliberate speed.
He said: “I am respectively asking you to move with deliberate speed to approve the terms of out of court settlement on your table so your lawyers can withdraw the matter and pave the way for the hosting of the first Guinness World Record Boxing Championship fight to hold on the soil of Africa.
“I am also respectfully asking you to move with deliberate speed to arrange for me a courtesy visit to President Buhari to show my appreciation by officially presenting to him the Guinness World Record Boxing Fight souvenirs and a special boxing glove to knock out corruption in Nigeria.”