The President General of the Nigerian Football Supporters Club, Dr. Rafiu Ladipo, has been criticised by fans after failed promises made that two million condoms will be shared to them in Brazil daily.
Some of the fans, drawn from Nigeria and other parts of Africa, claimed they saw the promises made by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome on the internet, where Ladipo said two million condoms were not enough.
Most of the fans claimed that condoms are too expensive in Brazil, with a pack of three selling for about $25.
According to a fan, who refused to disclose his identity: “When I read it online that Nigerian supporters are coming to Brazil with millions of condoms, I thought it was a good idea.
“But since I got to Sao Paolo, Brazil, not even a condom has been given or shared.
“I think the leader of the people concerned and the Supporters Club leader should stop making promises because the world and people are taking note.”
A member of the Supporters Club, who simply identified himself as Femi, said although Dr. Ladipo did assure them that condoms will be shared in Brazil, but the condoms were not made available for distribution by the organisation that made the promise.
Attempts by The Eagle Online to reach Dr. Rafiu Ladipo proved abortive as he was said to have gone to the airport to extend flight schedules for members of the club since the Super Eagles are still in the competition.
The President General of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club had argued that football fans coming to the World Cup would require a cache of about 62 million packs of condoms.
He said in May 2014 at the launch of Protect the Goal Campaign in Abuja: “Are you kidding?
“Two million condoms will be exhausted in just a day.
“We must provide more for fans because we are going to Brazil without our wives where we intend to spend an average of 31 days.
“I believe the two million condoms being made available will not be enough.
“That can only be sufficient for probably one day.”
The prices of condoms in Brazil vary from 20 to 50 Reais Brazilian currency (approximately $10 to $25).