The Minister of Youth and Sports Development Barrister Solomon Dalung has picked holes in the decision by the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo to recognise Amaju Pinnick as the president of the Nigeria Football Federation while still expressing his appreciation for saving Nigeria from FIFA ban.
The federal government was able to prevent a ban from FIFA after conveying its firm position to the football governing body recognizing Amaju Pinnick-led NFF as the current and only NFF Exco.
The government also stated that it will continue to work with all relevant stakeholders involved to resolve dispute in a timely manner.
Following the lifting of the suspension threat, Dalung has called for the implementation of the rule of Law in all aspects of the polity.
The Minister believes in the resolution of the crisis which has a history dating back to almost 20 years since the removal of Mr Anthony Kojo Williams from office.
“This crisis cannot be solved with a temporary measure or scratched on the surface. The intervention of the Vice President should not be viewed as different from an attempt to abate an escalating situation. “
However, the Minister notes that the matter has a subsisting judgement of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
According to a press statement made available by the Special Adviser on Media to the minister, Nneka Anibeze, Dalung who thanked the Vice President for his quick intervention in maintaining the relationship with FIFA, however reaffirmed his belief in the Rule of Law stating that such hasty decisions could not put an end to a feud that has lingered for over twenty years.
“As a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, who took oath of office to protect and defend the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I will prefer to stand with the Rule of Law instead of the opinion of men.
“I want to appeal to Nigerians to remain calm and give support to the NFF Elders Stakeholders Reconciliation Committee which is made up of reputable past Presidents and General Secretaries of the NFF with vast knowledge, experience and competence to resolve this crisis once and for all.
“We are a constitutional democracy and the doctrine of separation of powers is the foundation of democratic experience, therefore, the Rule of Law is the only mechanism that guarantees liberty and freedom of citizens
“This administration was elected on the change mantra meaning that impunity has no accommodation anywhere, so Nigerians must learn to believe and practice the doctrine of the Rule of Law. I believe we shall overcome this if we remain within the confines and dictates of the laws of our country.
“As we celebrate Sallah, let’s remain law abiding citizens,” Dalung said.