- Solomon Dalung has insisted that he only made a mistake when he said ‘splended’
- Nigerians have called for his resignation saying the sports minister lacks competency
- The embattled minister disclosed that mistakes are part of human existence
Nigeria’s Minister for Youths and Sports Development Solomon Dalung has explained that flip-flops are part of the human nature that he meant to say ‘expended’.
In a recent video posted by Channels Television, the sports minister in a bid to deny allegations that his ministry is corrupt said: “The funds ‘spended were properly spended’ because we got them from intervention funds from Mr. President.” a grammatical error which erupted the internet.
The statement did not go well with many who condemned the minister for lacking competency, while others have branded him shameful.
In a recent post on his Facebook foundation page, Dalung thanked his critics and insisted that no one is above mistakes.
“Expended was the word intended. Flip-flops are part of human nature, anyone can, anyone does and that's what reminds us even deeper of our humanness.
“Thank you for the observations,” he wrote.
This is not the first time the minister had been under fire for such error; recall that in August while trying to defend coach Samson Siasia and the Dream Team VI's predicament ahead of the Olympics, Dalung mistakenly referred to Nigeria as United States.
"Our U-23 team are suffering in the United States of Nigeria," he said.