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Published On: Wed, Sep 10th, 2014

Stop parading yourself as NFF president, Minister tells Maigari

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Aminu-maigariBy Albert Akota

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) continues to take different dimension everyday as embattled former president of the football house, Aminu Maigari, return to office yesterday and was immediately order out of the office by the Minister of Sports and Chairman National Sports Commission (NSC), Tammy Danagogo.

The Minister who was obviously shocked by the news of Aminu Maigari return to the Glass House, told newsmen in his office yesterday that he had ordered all parties in the lingering crisis to stay away from the NFF’s secretariat in the interest of peace and for amicable resolution of the crisis.

“We asked all the parties, Maigari, Giwa and everybody involve in this crisis to stay clear of that place (Glass House) so that we can amicably resolved this issue. Up till this morning, the report I got from Musa Amadu was that they were out of that place.

“I don’t want them to go there to fight and it will be in the best interest of everybody involves to maintain the peace we have achieve up till this moment,” he said.

Maigari, however insisted that he was not told to stay clear of the Glass House, saying his return to office was on interim bases and not for full timer.

He said his board members are ready to serve out their tenure and put in place a new board that will take over the running of the federation from them.

“He (minister) did not told me anything. But I just received call now telling me to leave the office, which I have to comply and honour the invitation.

 I am not here to resume fully but for interim measure and even without anybody intervention I did not come here to stay. I know I must leave here.

“We are in the process of complete our tenure and a new board will be place very soon takeover the running of the federation,” Maigari stated.

 He said that an executive committee of the NFF would meet soon to decide on the morality for election into the NFF board.

He insisted that the situation the federation find itself require FIFA intervention for away forward.

“He FIFA is the owner of this game that we too much passionate about. We have to quickly as possible comply with their directive as an affiliate member and as a country. FIFA has to direct us appropriately and that is what they are doing.

“Personally, I feel sad about the crisis because are suppose to be one united family. But in a situation like this you can’t do away with crisis. We have statutes and must respect it as a federation. FIFA has the overall and superior statutes and in as must as we subscribed to them, we must respect their statutes and guiding principles.

“The executive committee will sit down and decide a date for election. There is procedure to follow. I personally can’t propose date for the election.

I want to believe that we will do this thing within a shortest possible.

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