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Published On: Tue, Jul 29th, 2014

Maigari mobilises FA chairmen to petition FIFA

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Aminu-Maigari2By Albert Akota

The ousted President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Aminu Maigari is allegedly mobilising chairmen of the State Football Associations to petition FIFA to ban Nigeria.

Maigari, who was impeached by eight of the 13-member NFF Executive Committee during its meeting last week Thursday in Abuja, is said to have vowed to fight back.

As part of the mapped out strategies to get back at government, he has through his allies called for a meeting of the FA chairmen in Abuja today (Wednesday) during which those present would sign a petition with their passport photographs attached for onward submission to FIFA, calling for Nigeria’s ban.

The text message alleged to have been sent to the State FA Chairmen calling for the meeting in English and Hausa languages reads:

“Salam. Senior stakeholder you are kindly requested by President Aminu Maigari to meet him in Abuja tomorrow for discussions, necessary logistics has been put in place, call P.A to president. Allah ya kawoka lafiya.

“President Alh. Aminu Maigari . Ya che in shaida Maka chewa kayi kokari ka shigo Abuja Gobe. Kuma in Zaa zo kowa yazo da passport photograph din shi .Zaa sanar da sunan hotel din da zamu zauna later”.

To ensure that the chairmen turn up for the meeting, two of the ousted NFF boss’ allies have been detailed to mobilise them.

While one who is a member of the three-man committee that is negotiating with Stephen Keshi is saddled with the responsibility of mobilising the chairmen in the south, the other who called for a failed meeting in Jos, recently has the onerous task of ensuring that the FA bosses in the north attend the Abuja meeting.

The Executive Committee anchored Maigari’s impeachment on misappropriation of funds and secrecy in the finances of the NFF.

 “The Executive Committee commended world football governing body, FIFA and the Confederation of African Football for its keen interest in the development of Nigeria football and pledged that the country will continue to abide by the dictates of FIFA and CAF Statutes and the FIFA approved NFF Statutes”.

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