Why We Opened Betting on Buhari’s Return From London, NaijaBet Response



Nigerian sports betting firm, Naija Bet, has respond to claims that it disrespected the country’s ailing president, Muhammadu Buhari, who is currently in London undergoing treatment for an undisclosed ailment.

“We would just like to put this on record, Nigerians want their president back, we are only trying to voice the yearning of the people via the little platform we have,” NaijaBet tweeted yesterday in reply to a tweet by TheGuardian on the subject.
The president’s return to Nigeria has been subjected to a lot of speculations though his office has consistently maintained that he would return only when his doctors give him the go ahead.
But speculations surrounding his imminent return were heightened earlier in the week when the presidential jet that has been on standby in the United Kingdom since May 7 reportedly left London.
NaijaBet, in the light of the growing assumptions, decided to give punters a chance to bet on President Buhari’s likely return date. The move has been interpreted by some Nigerians as a slap on the ailing leader, but the betting company said it did not mean to disrespect the 74-year old president.
“We want to show the president and the government that the people are anxious for his wellbeing and anticipate his early return (hence the short window dates as betting options).”



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