The Case against Musa Bility


It is said that there are two groups of people in the world: those who watch as history is made and those who take part in making history.

If that is not the case, then how can we explain the recent experience of LFA president Musa Bility and his unsuccessful expectation to have contested in the forthcoming FIFA elections?

Though the Court of Arbitration of Sports (CAS), responsible to examine appeals in FIFA, reaffirmed the earlier position that Mr. Bility is not qualified to contest. And reasons for CAS’s affirmation are yet to be announced, the previous reasons were based on reports in the media about Bility’s involvement in court issues at home and the other was his suspension by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

But do such issues have anything to do with one’s ‘integrity’ to demand for change and progress?

Is it not a fact that ‘Bility’s legal problems’ did not end in any conviction as far as justice and fair play were concerned? However, the bad publicity of his legal issues was apparently one of the reasons that he was sacrificed by FIFA’s Ad-Hoc Elections Committee.

The other issue was his 6-month suspension from CAF that he served nearly two months. When CAF lifted Bility’s suspension, it did not make it public about the reasons for its decision.

Was Bility wrong to advocate for transparent election in CAF? So when CAF, against the run of play, pardoned Bility, did it mean that he was guilty? Now I know how this world is not fair!

Because Bility did not fight or counter bad media report about his legal issues at home, it was misinterpreted to mean he was guilty as charged. Was that justified?

Recently, when Transparent International announced that millions of dollars were unaccounted for in world football, which was mainly what had happened in FIFA, a local newspaper ran the story and the only picture the editor saw fit to use was the image of the man who has been sacrificed twice already, Musa Bility.

Well has it been said that ‘if your house doesn’t sell you, no one will buy you.’

Like many unsuccessful ventures in this country, those who are or would benefit from them are the very people that undermine them.

In the end Bility did not just watch history made, he identified himself with the group that made history, which in itself is a grand achievement.


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