Nigeria: Bukola Saraki Escapes To Canada, Meets Nigeria-born Basketball Great, Masai Ujiri
By Taiwo Adelu
London, June 14, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Dr Bukola Saraki, the immediate past President of the Nigerian Senate is seen to be holidaying in far away North America country of Canada.
Though his visit was not made public before departed the shores of the country, he himself revealed that he had been outside the country when he posted on his Facebook page on his visit to Masai Ojiri at the Toronto Raptors training facility in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The facility had recently being changed to OVO Athletic Centre.
Saraki wrote on his Facebook page that Yesterday (Wednesday), it was a pleasure to spend some time at the Toronto Raptors training facility and meet with Masai Ujiri, the Nigerian-born President of the organisation. What a state of the art facility! Congratulations!
“I was pleased to hear about Masai’s Giants of Africa Foundation that works to create a pathway for the continent’s underprivileged youth through sport with the goal of growing the game of basketball within Africa.”
The former Governor of Kwara State in Nigeria said he had informed the ex NBA player that he would love to work with his organisation to established basketball facilities at different places in Nigeria
“With basketball facilities in Rwanda, Kenya and other parts of the continent, I mentioned to Masai that it would be great for his foundation to augment it’s basketball clinics by building similar ones in Nigeria.
“I have committed to work with him and other well-meaning Nigerians to build similar basketball facilities in different parts of the country. This will create more opportunities for our young talented Nigerians,” he wrote.
Saraki is the owner of Abubakar Bukola Saraki Football Club, formely Bukola Babes, a club he bought in 2011.
Masai Ujiri is a Nigerian professional basketball executive and former player who is the president of basketball operations and former general manager of the Toronto Raptors in the National Basketball Association (NBA). After his playing career ended, he became a scout. He was named the NBA Executive of the Year in 2013 as the general manager of the Denver Nuggets.
Ujiri has also been the director of the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders Africa program, which promotes basketball throughout the continent. He also conducts two camps, one for the top 50 players of Nigeria, which is sponsored by Nestle Milo, and another for African big men, which Ujiri sponsors himself with help from Nike.