Nigeria Football Crisis: NFF claims FIFA letter did not order Maigari’s reinstatement

Aminu Maigari

The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, on Friday claimed that the letter from the world football governing body, FIFA, on Wednesday did not order the reinstatement of the impeached President of the NFF, Aminu Maigari

The Acting President of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Mike Umeh, said that what FIFA said was an “advice that we allow Aminu Maigari to preside over the coming elective Congress of 26th August, 2014.”

FIFA, in its letter dated August 14 and signed by Deputy Secretary General Markus Kattner ordered that the executives of the NFF, headed by Mr. Maigari, prior to the 2014 World Cup be reinstated.

“The Executive Committee of the NFF shall also be reunified as it was before the 2014 FIFA World Cup,” FIFA said in its letter addressed to the General Secretary of the NFF, Musa Amadu.

Mr. Umeh, in a statement by the NFF spokesperson, Ademola Olajire, claimed that section did not mean Mr. Maigari should be reinstated.

He, however, admitted that the NFF received the FIFA letter on Thursday.

“I want to use this opportunity to urge the media to refrain from misinterpreting the letter from FIFA. As a body, the Executive Committee of Nigeria Football Federation has gone through the letter and noted the contents,” Mr. Umeh said.

He added that the NFF would deliberate on the letter and come out with their decision.

“We have noted, among others, the section in which FIFA talked about restoring the electoral committee and the electoral appeals committee, and the advice that we allow Aminu Maigari to preside over the coming elective Congress of 26th August, 2014. We will sit down and deliberate on everything and will come out with our position,” he said.

The Acting Chairman also confirmed PREMIUM TIMES earlier report that Mr. Maigari had submitted a resignation letter to the NFF board.

“FIFA officials are themselves aware that Alhaji Maigari has resigned his position and it will be at the discretion of the Executive Committee to now invite him to the elective congress.

“An elective congress is never really presided over by anyone. For the avoidance of doubt, Alhaji Maigari tendered his resignation letter on 12th August, 2014,” Mr. Umeh told PREMIUM TIMES.

Mr. Umeh insisted that the Executive Committee abided by the provisions of the NFF Statutes, as approved by FIFA, in all its actions in the past few weeks.

The NFF, which had earlier dissolved the electoral committee and the electoral appeals committee, is set to hold a general congress on August 26 to determine a new date for the elections earlier scheduled for the same day.


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