Ten days after returning to the country with the African Women Cup of Nations trophy, members of Super Falcons of Nigeria have stormed the National Assembly, protesting the non-payment of their allowances by the Nigerian Football Federation, The Punch reports.
According to the report, the ladies are hoping that President Muhammadu Buhari, who is due to present the 2017 Appropriation Bill to a joint session of the National Assembly today by 12pm, will see them and show pity on their plight.
Some of their placards read, “We are your children, pity us”; “Let us respect women”; “female football deserves respect.”
However, Buhari is still in the Gambia and there is an uncertainty that he will meet the scheduled 12pm appointment.
The girls are said to be on a peaceful protest to the state house where the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting will take place, in request of their allowances and bonuses which is estimated to be $24,000 each, approximately N11.5m per player.
Leader of the protest, Aderonke Bello - a Journalist and advocate said that the girls deserve to be paid their dues and to also get their dues because they have served the Nation diligently.
“This is unfortunately a regular occurrence to female football in Nigeria, we treat our victorious girls with disdain and total disrespect as all the time...disgraceful really.
"It is inconceivable that the NFF/Federal government are unwilling to pay the players their dues after winning the trophy. This has to stop and the girls must be paid their dues,” she said.
She added: “We are going to protest the unfair treatment meted out to these champions who have won the tournament eight times, making them the most successful football team in Nigeria, and we hope the federal government will listen to their plea."
The girls took off from their Agura hotel in Abuja at 8am to the Presidential villa.
Although, it was gathered that the Super Falcons have been paid the sum of N100,000 each which was learnt to be part payments of their allowances for winning the 2016 AWCON, the girls have demanded more.
Super Falcons' media officer Kisu Sulola confirmed the development to NAIJ.com on Monday, December 12, that the players have all received the alert of one hundred thousand naira each.
Nigeria won the 10th edition of the African Women championship held in Cameroon.
It was the 8th the ladies won the competition.
But since their return, the victorious team members have embarked on a sit-in-hotel protest in Abuja, until their allowances were paid.