Popular Nigerian online sports betting company, KC Gaming (Bet9ja) had stated that it will partner and join forces with the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), the Federal Ministry of Youth, and Sports Development, the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, the Fair Play Sports Int’l Agency and other Nigerian government agencies to organize the first ever National Anti-Corruption Marathon in Abuja, 2018.
The marathon has the possibility and potential to be a venture for the active participants; it will be declared open by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Mohammadu Buhari.
The President will be accompanied by the National Minister of Sports, Mr. Solomon Dalung, the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, the acting Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), Dr. Musa Usman Abubakar and some other dignitaries.
Speaking on this development, the Chairman of the Bet9ja sports betting company, Mr. Kunle Soname, made a statement that sports is a veritable tool which helps to drive about the socio change that can allow the development of a nation.
Mr. Kunle Soname went further to emphasize on the etymological meaning of sports by stating that it goes beyond the playing of games by sports participants, sponsors and the fans for the purpose of entertainment or pleasure.
According to Mr Soname, he said that sports is a platform that can be used for the purpose of educating, empowerment, and most importantly, harnessing the potential of stakeholders especially the youths towards nation building.
The chairman of the Bet9ja sports betting company has expressed that the choice of alliance between the Bet9ja sports betting company and the government on the marathon is to ensure that it sensitize Nigerians, especially the youths on the need to imbibe and develop integrity as a way of life. This is because of a deliberate effort to ensure that Nigeria must be a nation built on honesty, trust, and transparency.
The Nigerian honourable minister of Youth, and Sports Development, Mr. Solomon Dalung has described the initiative by the Bet9ja sports betting company as a significant milestone in the fight against corruption in the country.
The move has pointed out that sports happens to be one of the highest employers of labour in the country, and that athletes, sports men and sports women such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Anthony Joshua, Lionel Messi, Tiger Woods etc are some of the hottest paid people in the world, and thus, sports should be protected from all forms of fraudulent and corrupt practices in Nigeria
The marathon event is organized in support and honor of the President Buhari-led administration’s fight against corruption in the country.
The marathon event happens to be the maiden edition of the Bet9ja Anti-corruption Marathon race. The marathon race is slated to take place on Monday, 10th of December 2018 in Abuja. The event has been programmed to start at the National Stadium in Abuja and end at the Eagle Square, Abuja.