By Ben Efe
World Scrabble champion, Wellington Jighere has described the omission of the sport from the National Sports Festival billed for November.
Jighere, who shocked the world in 2015 by beating top contenders to the title argued that it was a monumental set back for the sport, which has huge potentials as it was fast gaining popularity in the country with clubs springing up in various institutions. He also buttressed the fact that scrabble brought Nigeria a lot of international goodwill.
“I was shocked to discover that Scrabble was excluded from the 2018 National Sports Festival,” Jighere wrote in a social media post.
“Scrabble received participation from about 30 of the 36 States in the last edition of the National Sports Festival, Eko 2012. Nigeria has demonstrated that she is the TRUE GIANT OF AFRICA by winning 12 of the 13 African Scrabble Championships held till date in the spate of two decades and a half?
“Scrabble is supposed to be treasured by the government. It is should carve out a NATIONAL IDENTITY from the sport, thus portraying us as the beacon of educational advancement on our continent…
“With due respect to the people at the helms of affairs at the Ministry of Sports and Youth Development in particular and the leadership of our dear nation at large, I think we deserved more. We deserve better recognition for our personal sacrifices over the years!