Nigeria football and its crisis

The Honourable Minister/Chairman of the National Sports Commission,
Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, NFF President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari, NFF
General Secretary, Barrister Musa Amadu and Nigeria’s Permanent
Representative/Ambassador to the United Nations Office at Geneva had
useful deliberations with the top hierarchy of FIFA on Thursday

At the meeting which took place at FIFA’s imposing Headquarters in
Zurich, Switzerland, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi simply conveyed to FIFA
President Sepp Blatter and his officials the peace resolutions adopted
by all parties involved in the Nigeria football crisis on Tuesday,
saying that the matter has been amicably resolved by the maturity of
all and deference to national interest.

On the FIFA side of the table were President Blatter, General
Secretary Jerome Valcke, Director of National Associations Thierry
Regenaff, Manager of National Associations Primo Corvaro and Oliver
Bert from the FIFA Media Office.

The Permanent Representative/Ambassador of the Permanent Mission of
Nigeria to the United Nations Office at Geneva, His Excellency Umunna
H. Orjiako was with Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, Alhaji Aminu Maigari and
Barrister Musa Amadu.

There was much to smile about as Blatter was informed that the
intervention of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation,
Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, GCON and the over-riding national interest
had helped fashion a way out of the logjam.

It would be recalled that on Tuesday, peace returned to Nigeria
football following a reconciliatory meeting championed by the SGF and
Minister Abdullahi, who eventually brokered the peace terms and signed
as one of the parties to the agreement, alongside the Director General
of the National Sports Commission, Chief (Dr) Patrick Ekeji, NFF
President Aminu Maigari, scribe Musa Amadu and the two principal
personalities involved in lawsuits, Barrister Ray Nnaji and Dr. Sam
Sam Jaja.

All parties agreed to terminate all court processes and not to enforce
a recent court judgement obtained by Dr. Jaja, while the NFF would
accommodate the eminent persons in ways stated in the resolutions.

The Nigerian delegation will return to the country tomorrow evening.

Report by Aderonke Ogunleye @ronniesportdiva


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