By Olusola ‘Jide @jide_olusola
Former President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Ambassador Chris Giwa has denied spending N140m during his short stint at the hell of affair at the Glass House.
In a statement released by his special adviser on media, Victor Iroele, Giwa described as false the figure the Amaju Pinnick board allegedly said he spent while in control.
In a one-page document signed by Mohammed Cheku Salihu, the Director Finance and Administration and endorsed with the official stamp of the Office of the President, NFF Abuja, titled: ‘retirement of World Cup funds’ 16 items were listed, it was disclosed that Giwa spent the sum of N140million during his short stay at the NFF while the leadership crisis lasted.
It will be recalled that the NFF board had been directed by the Ministry of Sports to account for the funds released to them for the prosecution of the 2018 World Cup.
According to the statement, “in a surprise twist, rather than address the issue of retiring the World Cup fund, the board alleged that Ambassador Giwa spent N140m when he held sway at the football house.
“Ordinarily, we would have allowed this bare-faced lies to roll away as the facts speak for itself because the Ministry of Sports did not hand over any World Cup money to Ambassador Giwa, but we are compelled to make this rebuttal in order not to deceive the general public.
“Setting the record straight, Giwa explained that all he did at the NFF was giving approvals for all the programs he met on ground, which include the execution of the Flying Eagles game in Mauritania, which according to the budget made for it, gulped about N25million naira, and of course, the return leg in Lagos, which had its own budget of about N30 million .
“It must also be noted that it took my special intervention before ticket could be issue for the flying eagles to travel to Mauritania because of the backlog of money being owed the travelling agency by the NFF and about N25 million was paid the agency,” he concluded.
Giwa further challenged the Amaju Pinnick board to come out with the breakdown of how he spent the N140 million they mentioned in their doctored documents, while advising the board to be circumspect in dragging his name into all their failings.