Dangote has always nursed the interest of buying Arsenal F.C. It has been public knowledge since last year that he intends to buy the London club.
The wealthy Nigerian has said that this plan of his will only be feasible in 4 years time.
According to his Wednesday interview with the international financial watch dog, Bloomberg, Dangote has stated that his decision was a matter of priority.
At the moment, the money bag and generous personality, who is working hand in hand with the Nigerian government to salvage the economy, says the welfare of Nigerians comes first.
“Maybe three to four years. The issue is that we have more challenging headwinds. I need to get those out the way first and start having tailwinds. Then I’ll focus on this.”
You know what they say about charity starting off from within? That’s Dangote’s point of view at the moment.
On whether he would do a good job with the team, Dangote is certain that he will.
In his words,
“It’s not about buying Arsenal and just continuing with business as usual.”
“It’s about buying Arsenal and turning it around. I’ve run a very successful business and I think I can also run a very successful team.”
“Right now, with what we’re facing, over $20 billion of projects, I cannot do both.”
Dangote is partnering with the Nigerian government in the oil & gas sector; rice production; quality road construction, amonsgt others. He has even made an open offer to trade Forex with the nation.
A while ago he also gave his 2 cents on how the Nigerian economy can be improved at the present critical time of recession.
On the other hand, there has been persistent reports on the reservations of Arsenal fans over the club’s current majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke as well as their French coach, Arsene Wenger.
Perhaps Africa’s richest billionaire has what it takes to make the club better.