The Nigeria Football Federation has expressed gratitude to the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, for his fatherly intervention to restore the leadership of the federation and bring sanity back to Nigeria football.
The FIFA recognised Amaju Pinnick Executive Committee had been kept out of office by a contending group for several weeks but following the orders of President Buhari, they were led back to office on Monday, an action which the federation says restores hope for the thousands of youths in footballing career and the continued development and progress of Nigerian football.
Speaking immediately after the Secretary General, Mohammed Sanusi, called to inform him that government agents led him to resume work at the Glass House, the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, just back from Morocco where he addressed a CAF conference, said he has always trusted in the understanding and commitment of President Buhari to act in the best interest of the nation.
“We must give all the credit to our President, Muhammadu Buhari, for acting to restore the leadership of the federation and saving the nation the embarrassment,” Pinnick said.
“Even as the situation persisted, I was very positive about his patriotic commitment to the best interest of the nation and his clarity of judgment to bring order to bear. It is said that the sheep cannot be suffering the pangs of birth tied to the stake while elders are around. He has demonstrated this fatherliness in so many ways across various sectors and now football is the latest beneficiary. We thank God for his life and for giving him to us.
“By his intervention, the nation has been saved the embarrassment, the world football community has been reassured of the high sense of responsibility of the government of Nigeria as a member of the international community and hope is brought back to thousands of Nigeria youths engaged in football as the various national teams can proceed on their various programmes without apprehension, the various leagues which were stopped under the circumstance can now get back to action while the confidence of the various sponsors, partners and investors in Nigeria football has been restored.”
Pinnick however insisted that there are no winners nor losers in the resolution of the crisis.
“Football is about people, about unity. The game belongs to the fans and the pride belongs to the nation. The people are deprived when football is inhibited but with the action of the President, Nigerians can now enjoy what they love most.”
In a related development, the National leadership of the Nigeria Football Referees Association, the National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers and the Nigeria Football Coaches Association, on behalf of its members express unreserved appreciation to the President and Commander in – Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Mohammadu Buhari GCFR for his swift intervention in the NFF leadership tussle.
It will be recalled that following the leadership Crisis of the Nigeria Football Federation, the Nigeria Football Referees Association, the National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers and the Nigeria Football Coaches Association, in an emergency joint meeting held on the 18th of July 2018, in Abuja called for the President’s intervention to avoid FIFA’s imminent Ban with its far reaching consequences on the lives of millions of Nigeria youths involved in Football activities
In the characteristic ways of Mr President, he has directed the relevant state institutions to restore normalcy to the National Secretariat of the Nigeria Football Federation by reverting to status quo.
We therefore call and appeal to all stakeholders to reciprocate the kind gesture of Mr President by working towards a peaceful resolution and electoral process in accordance with the relevant provisions of the NFF and FIFA statutes in the interest of Nigeria Football and millions of Nigeria youths involved in football.