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NFF Crisis: Minister Urges Factions To Embrace Dialogue

dalongMinister for Sport and Youth, Solomon Dalong has called on the factions in the persistent leadership crisis of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to let peace reign by embracing dialogue.
Dalung made this call following threat by Chris Giwa, who had claimed he was the rightfully elected president of the Nigeria Football Federation following the August 26, 2014 election, announced plans to resume office on January 12, 2016 to reclaim his mandate and chase out the Amaju Pinnick-led executive that has been in office since 2014.
Aside due process, Dalung warned the parties involved against taking law into their hands, insisting the forceful takeover of the football house would be unlawful and unacceptable.
He assured the aggrieved Giwa of his readiness to resolve the matter amicably after thoroughly studying their presented petitions.
“It has come to my knowledge once again, that anarchy is being adopted as a method for addressing grievances in the Nigeria Football Federation,” Dalung was quoted in a statement.
“As a peacemaker and also a Minister of Youth and Sports, I will always implore Nigerians to apply the use of dialogue and consensus in resolving crisis.
“My posture should not be taken as weakness but as a well intended way of promoting peace among people.
“I reiterate this again and again that I am standing with nobody in the crisis of the NFF but will always stand for due process.
“If there are grievances, which have already been brought before me by both parties, I should be allowed to look into them and take a decision.
“Chris Giwa and his group should not take the petition brought to my table as a license for anarchy. I will not endorse that today. I will not endorse that tomorrow and I will not endorse that forever.
“Therefore, I urge all warring factions to remain very calm and peaceful so that we will not destroy the image and progress built so far in football.”

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