The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have expressed gratitude to the President 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 say 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 Melvin Pinnick, who has just returned from Morocco where he addressed a CAF conference, said he had 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.”
Despite Pinnick’s appreciation of the role President Buhari has played in restoring his board to office, uncertainty still trails the leadership of the Glasshouse if the position of the Hon. Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Hon Solomon Dalung is anything to go by.
Dalung had described the invasion of the NFF secretariat and restoration of the Amaju led board of the NFF as “security excesses” saying that as far as he is concerned, the purported order from the President is not true.
He maintained that there is a clear cut process of vacating the orders of the court and that to the best of his knowledge, that court order has not been vacated even as he maintained that the Federation is working hard to sort out the problem despite the Amaju led board having been restored to office.