Fed Govt directs NFF to hold elections, amend statutes

The Federal Government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has asked the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to hold election into its Executive Committee in September.

The tenure of the NFF’s current administration ends in September.

The sports minister, Sunday Dare, quoted the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), as giving the directive in a letter addressed to the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick.

Buhari was also quoted as directing that “the instrument of football administration in the country, the NFF Statutes be amended to include other stakeholders”, who had hitherto been disenfranchised, or denied equal representation in the NFF congress.

Buhari was said to reinforce the “Federal Government’s support for football development in the country”.

He also urged the leadership of the NFF to ensure that the “amended statutes reflect the national yearnings, aspirations and peculiarities of Nigeria as a sovereign nation whilst aligning with the principles and objectives of football as set by the world soccer governing body, FIFA”.

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