Adjarhor David Obaro, popularly known as World Wrapperman, completed the Lagos to Delta marathon race he started twelve days ago, to raise funds for his alma mater and contribute to the development of education in Nigeria.
However, the 47-year-old long distance runner expressed disappointment at the little support he got from Nigerians, especially financially. He added that he could have been discouraged had he heard about how poor the financial support had been during the long race.
He urged Nigerians to support his dedication to the development of education in Nigeria.
“We need to give back to our society, Nigeria is in a big problem, and we must solve the problem today for us not to have a dangerous tomorrow. My co-runner (Afeez Akande) and I ran and burnt about 12,223 calories, yet people are sitting in their comfort zones and not supporting us. Nigerians should support good projects, creativity and genuine dedication.”
Mr. Obaro ran across five states; Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Edo and Delta carrying a Nigerian flag and a wrapper weighing 4 kg.
Mr. Obaro enjoined governors of the states to join forces with him in raising the standard of education across the states.
He said; “We ran through five states, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Edo and Delta. We will be visiting those states soon and we are using this opportunity to call on the Governors of these states and those in charge of education, tourism and sports to collaborate, welcome and receive us with open arms in the interest of the project”, he added that the project will soon involve the 36 states of the federation.
Mr. Obaro also called on Nigerians in Diaspora to support the project for their impact to be felt back home. He said those outside Nigeria could help finance the project and it can be a way of motivating others to participate in it.
The Wrapperman said he broke the world record as the first long distance runner to run wearing a 24 -yard long clothing weighing 4kg, running 50 kilometres daily. He was received in Lagos by friends, supporters and sports enthusiasts including leaders of a budding not-for-profit “Food Clique.”