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NFF Crisis: Dalung inaugurates Elders Stakeholders Reconciliation Committee

…..NFF is run illegally – Aminu

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Barrister Solomon Selcap Dalung on Monday formally inaugurated a 6-man Elders Stakeholders Reconciliation Committee to resolve the leadership crisis in the Nigeria Football Federation.

The committee was inaugurated following the recommendation from the Stakeholders Roundtable on the Governance Challenges of the NFF held on July 24, 2018.

While inaugurating the committee, the minister bared his mind on how the lingering leadership crisis has impeded the desired growth and development of football in Nigeria which is one of the country’s strongest unifying tools.

According to him, the inauguration of the committee was a collective efforts to rescue football and set it on a path of sustainable growth.

“Unless we each put aside our parochial interests and differences and work towards the common goal if combating the evil plaguing Nigerian football, it will continue its free fall”, he said.

Barrister Dalung while counting on the integrity, dedication, knowledge and experience, charged the members “to identify the causes of the current leadership crisis in the NFF, evaluate the dimensions of the leadership crisis and the contribution of actors to the issue, invite both boards of the two factions to the reconciliation table with a view to addressing their concerns towards achieving a sustainable and win-win solution to the crisis and make recommendations to ensure smooth leadership succession without adversely affecting the development and management of football in Nigeria.”

The minister expressed his disappointment at the way Nigerians are clamouring for FIFA ban because he is not aware of any reason why the country should be banned. He went further to reveal that some people had gone to Zurich to ensure the ban, while labelling them as unpatriotic.

The Committee which was given two weeks to submit its report has a former NFA President Col Abdulmumini Aminu as its Chairman.

Other members are former Presidents Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima and Anthony Kojo Williams, Prof. Onye Gyd- Wado, Dr Sam Sam Jaja, and Mr Bolaji Ojo-Oba.

A Secretariat to provide proper documentation of all activities of the Committee comprises Mr Danjuma Muhammed Ag. Dir, Legal Services, Stanley Okebugwu and Reuben Tiyatiye.

While addressing journalists, Col Abdulmumini Aminu (rtd) has acknowledged that the assignment is a complex one but with the calibre of people in the committee, they can’t fail.

He further stated that the integrity of the country is at stake with FIFA hammer by the side which can knock on the country any moment and as such will be through and careful in their undertaking.

Speaking further, the one-time NFF president revealed that they will begin talks with the Chris Giwa led group before meeting the Amaju Pinnick group who are in France for the FIFA U-20 Women World Cup.

He also urged the National Assembly to enact governing laws as there is no law backing the establishment of the NFF as the federation was administered with decrees which according to him “do not hold waters today”

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