Omoyele Sowore, a two-time presidential candidate, has thrown down the gauntlet to President Bola Tinubu, urging him to participate in the upcoming ECOWAS Abuja International Marathon slated for Saturday in the Federal Capital Territory. Sowore, having secured his official running kit and bib on Thursday, praised ECOWAS for promoting exercise and running culture.
While applauding ECOWAS for their initiative, Sowore couldn’t overlook the conspicuous absence of President Tinubu, the Chairman of ECOWAS, who hadn’t signaled his involvement in the half marathon or the 5km fun race.
Highlighting the significance of leading by example, Sowore stressed that the ECOWAS Marathon should include the chairman’s participation, urging President Tinubu to inspire the nation by joining thousands of other runners at the starting line.
As a seasoned marathoner with global experience, Sowore emphasized the impact of leaders “walking the talk,” asserting that Tinubu’s active encouragement and participation could foster a healthier nation and potentially reduce healthcare costs.
Robinson Okosun, a PhD holder in Physical and Health Education specializing in Sports Psychology, echoed Sowore’s praise, attributing his own fit physique to a love for exercise. Okosun commended the marathon’s organizers and sponsors, underlining the substantial prize money, exceeding $70,000, as a potential means to uplift many Nigerians from poverty.
Meanwhile, organizers have called on registered participants to collect their running kits, number bibs, and goodie bags at the Eagles Square. The half-marathon will kick off at 7:00 a.m. in front of the ECOWAS Secretariat, while the 5 km fun race will commence at Bannex Plaza at 7:30 a.m., both concluding at the Eagles Square.