NFF Crisis: Pinnick Lauds FG As Nigeria Escapes FIFA Hammer

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick has praised the Federal Government for the role it played after Nigeria escaped FIFA ban earlier this week.

The world’s football governing body had initially given Nigeria a one-week ultimatum to allow the Pinnick-led NFF board members to return to the Glass House to perform their respective duties or face a ban.

Nigeria, however, escaped a ban after the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, wrote to FIFA in his capacity as Acting President to inform the international football body of the country’s readiness to adhere to its conditions which include the return of the Amaju Pinnick-led board to the Glass House.

Pinnick, who’s also CAF’s Vice President, praised the FG while speaking to on behalf of the board’s executive committee.

He said: “The position of His Excellency, and that of the Federal Government, which was conveyed to FIFA by His Excellency, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (GCON) has convinced FIFA that Nigeria is indeed ready as ever to follow FIFA’s Statutes. I want to also use this opportunity to thank the Vice President, who as Acting President, played a very key role in the resolution of the matter.”

“Our appreciation also goes to the Members of the Federal Executive Council, Members of the National Assembly, Heads of the various Security Agencies, Members of the NFF Congress, all our sponsors/partners, football stakeholders, analysts and ball fans who stood solidly by the tenets of association football.” He concluded.