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Falcons Protest: You girls will be paid in two days’ time – Abba Kyari

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The protest over unpaid allowances by the Super Falcons at the National Assembly on Wednesday was short-lived, as Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari appeared at the scene about two hours later to address the aggrieved girls, and promised they will be paid in two days’ time.

The victorious Super Falcons of Nigeria gathered at the gate of the National Assembly to protest over government’s failure to pay them their entitlements after successfully bringing home the AWCON title, hoping that President Muhammadu Buhari, who is due to visit the lawmakers to present the estimates of the 2017, will see them and respond to their plight.

The protest which was scheduled to begin at 8:00a.m on Wednesday ended at about 9:30a.m, as one of the leaders of the protest, Aderonke Bello-Ogunleye, tweeted at the said time that the girls were taking their leave right after the Chief of Staff addressed them.

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Aderonke Bello ‏@AderonkeW tweeted: The falcons are taking their leave after an address from the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari #payfalcons

Aderonke Bello ‏@AderonkeW: The Chief of staff said, “You girls will be paid in two days’ time” he made them put down their grouse on a paper. #payfalcons

Aderonke Bello ‏@AderonkeW The Nigerian President to defend the budget at 2pm today, the girls will be waiting for him and other lawmakers #payfalcons

Aderonke Bello ‏@AderonkeW Update: The girls #Nigeria are gathered at the national assembly gate in protest of their unpaid entitlements. Pls join us #payfalcons

As it can be recalled, the African champions have been in the team’s Agura hotel in Abuja since December 4, refusing to leave until their entitlements are paid. The said entitlements amount to about USD23,650 per player, which both the Ministry of Sports and the NFF have said they can’t afford at the moment.

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