Following the ruling of a federal High court ruling in that dismisses the Amaju Pinnick-led faction and pronouncing Chris Giwa as the new President of Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) on April 8, reputable personnel of sports in Nigeria has called for an amicable settlement between the splinter groups that have being causing rift within the body in order to avoid further failure.
Nigeria’s Pillar of Sports, Donatus Agu-Ejidike on Monday made this call for peace between the two factions in the nation’s football house.
Agu-Ejidike said: “The warring factions should toe the path of peace and resolve their differences amicably instead of opening up old wounds.
“Now is not the best period to open any can of worms that will either polarise or distract the Nigerian football ruling authority.
“Nigeria is tottering on the precipice of world football ladder; therefore, celebrating crisis is not the best thing to happen to us at this period.”
He added that FIFA would not want interference in football procedures through the law courts. Agu-Ejidike, also the President of Karate Federation of Nigeria (KFN), called on Solomon Dalung, the Minister of Youths and Sports to immediately set in motion the peace process.
He said the pains of Super Eagles’ crashing out of the Africa Cup of Nations were still very fresh in the minds of the people, adding “the Nigerian League should be the major and collective concern rather than engage in unnecessary crisis.’’
“We should eschew any act that will derail sports promotions and development.”
After the election of Pinnick in 2014, Giwa went to court, asking it to set aside the election. FIFA on its part made it clear that any interference from any third party in the NFF’s administrative process will lead to an automatic ban.
It said the ban would not be revisited until its 65th Congress scheduled for Zurich, Switzerland on May 29, 2015. An intervention by former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 made the Giwa-led NFF board to withdraw its case at the Jos High Court.
However, following Jonathan’s intervention, the case was withdrawn, while Justice Allagoa struck out the suit. (NAN)