Just as the Super Eagles of Nigeria crash out of
the ongoing 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, a
fresh crisis is reportedly brewing in the nation’s
football governing body.
Another round of crisis is brewing in Nigeria football following the
directive on Monday by the federal government through the
Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development that Amaju
Pinnick should step down from his position as NFF President,
PREMIUM Times reports.
A statement to this effect was issued by Nneka Ikem Anibeze, the
special aide on media to the Minister of Youth and Sports,
In the statement, the sports ministry directed the Nigeria Football
Federation, a parastatal under it, to comply with a court order
setting aside the election into the Executive Committee of the NFF
held on September 30, 2014.
Dalung said the directive followed a written notification signed for
the Attorney-General of the Federation requesting the sports
ministry to ensure compliance.
The notification from the justice minister was quoted as follows:
“I have been directed to notify you of the Orders dated June 5th
2018 made by Honorable Justice M. H. Kurya sitting at the Federal High Court Jos in respect of the above mentioned suit between Yahaya Adama Vs Alhaji Aminu Maigari which states that the election of the NFF held on August 26, 2014 under the
leadership of Amb Chris Giwa be given recognition pending the
hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed in this
case and that the purported ban of the Executive Committee
elected on August 26, 2014 from football activities of the NFF is
unconstitutional, null and void.
“It is trite law that court orders are sacrosanct and any acts of
disobedience to it constitutes threat to the rule of law. Consequent
upon the above, you are hereby advised to comply with the orders
of court made therein which for now, is the valid and binding order
of court, in the absence of any other subsisting order or judgment
to the contrary.
Based on this, Dalung directed the parties involved to comply with
the court order.
“This is a court order and not from Dalung. I will not want to go
to Kuje prison because of disobedience of court orders. Therefore,
I hereby comply with the court orders of June 5th 2018, while Mr
Amaju Pinnick and others are also directed to comply with same.”
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