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Use NFF election to build peace in Nigeria football – Bamigboye

By Amaechi Agbo

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has been called upon to use today’s election into the executive board of the federation and build lasting peace in the football family in the country.
Chairman of the FCT Coaches Association, Godwin Bamigboye made the call ahead of the schedule NFF Executive Board election holding in Katsina State, today.
Coach Bmaigboye who is also a board member of the FCT Football Association, called on the football administrators and stakeholders to use the election which is coming a day before the world celebrates International Peace Day to promote peace, unity and development of football in particular and sports in general in the nation.
“The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) election into the Board of the Federation is scheduled to hold on Thursday 20th September, 2018 in Katsina. The election holds the day before the annual United Nations International Peace Day which holds on 21st September.
“It is no longer news that the peace of football has been disrupted and distorted over times in the country. I want to quickly avoid going into the politics of football in Nigeria but rather to say that the enormous potentials of football in the promotion of peace, unity and development is yet to be tapped.
“This is so because the apex football body in Nigeria is a victim of the problem which it has the capacity to solve at all levels.
“As the International Peace Day is here with us and the NFF elections almost coinciding with the Day, it is expected that the spirit and purpose on this United Nations initiative will have impact on the football stakeholders and thus open a new chapter of peace, stability and progress to football and by extension afford the football stakeholders play their roles that will culminate into national development through the instrumentality of sports (football in particular) as a potent tool or weapon for social, political and economic mobilization for national development.
“Even as the Nigeria Football Coaches Association (NFCA) through its FCT Chapter partners with the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPRC), some mileage have been achieved.
“It is therefore my hope and that of the large number of football stakeholders that the NFF election in Katsina will come and go without rancour so that we shall from then henceforth transit into a period of Peace, Progress and Prosperity (PPP),” Coach Bamigboye said.

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