Sports Minister condemns cyberbullying of Iwobi, calls for supportive environment for athletes

Iwobi and the minister 

The Minister of Sports Development, John Enoh, has shown support for Nigerian footballer Alex Iwobi, who faced cyberbullying following Nigeria's loss in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final. 

Enoh condemned the abuse and expressed pride in Iwobi's efforts, emphasizing the need for kindness and support towards athletes. 

Nigeria captain Ahmed Musa also urged an end to the online abuse, highlighting that targeting a single player for the team's performance is unfair.

Iwobi, who removed himself from social media in response to the abuse, also received encouragement from his uncle, former Nigeria great Jay-Jay Okocha.

The sports minister’s statement obviously, emphasized the importance of rallying support for athletes who represent the nation. 

He said: “I condemn strongly the cyberbullying of Alex Iwobi or any other sportsman or woman,” he wrote in a Tuesday video post on his X handle that captured him in a meeting with Iwobi.

“They give a lot if not all of themselves when representing our Nation, the least we can do is rally support for them, be kind and gracious with words and actions towards them.

“Dear Alex Iwobi be strong. You were part of a team that brought home a silver medal from AFCON 2023. The last time we won a silver was twenty three years ago at AFCON 2000.

“Cyber bullies do not determine what the leadership of the country, the rest of Nigerians including myself, think of you. You did your best, gave over fourth days for the love of the nation. We applaud you. We are proud of you, keep soaring.”

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