The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has ordered President of the Nigeria Football Association (NFF) Amaju Pinnick to step down.
This was according to a statement by Nneka Ikem Anibeze, special aide on media to the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung on Monday in Abuja according to The Punch
According to the statement, Anibeze said, “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.
“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.”
FIFA has written severally to Mr Giwa and others, saying it only recognized the Amaju Pinnick-led NFF. FIFA has repeatedly warned Nigeria and other countries to ensure there was no government interference in football.
Such interference leads to suspension of a country’s national team from global and continental football.