Africa’s Richest Man and business mogul, Aliko Dangote, who recently declared an interest in buying Arsenal Football Club has revealed the reasons behind his designs on the north London club. He said it was more fueled by his desire to promote Nigeria.
The 58-year-old business mogul believes that buying a Premier League team will help to raise the profile of his home country. Dangote had been criticized by some people in Nigeria for not investing the domestic league there, but he thinks that the Gunners represent a better project.
‘The issue is that if I buy all the Nigerian clubs, the Nigerian flags will continue to remain here,’ Dangote told Forbes.
“Buying Arsenal will take the Nigerian flag worldwide. Just like whenever (Chelsea owner) Roman Abramovich is mentioned, the name of his country comes up. Everyone knows he’s Russian.”
Dangote amassed his fortune by becoming the majority shareholder in giant cement, flour and sugar companies and currently supplies 90 per cent of Nigeria’s 170million population.