Maigari returns as NFF president

Aminu Maigari

The embattled president of the Nigeria football federation, Aminu Maigari, returned to work Tuesday two weeks after he was removed by the Chris Giwa-led faction.

Throughout the time, Mr. Maigari insisted he was the rightful president of the crisis-ridden body, while Mr. Giwa also made claims to the seat.

An intervention by FIFA paved way for Mr. Maigari’s return after the football governing body threatened to suspend Nigeria if Mr. Giwa failed to vacate the seat by Monday.

The General Secretary of NFF, Musa Amadu, had earlier resumed Monday with assurance that the crisis was over.
The NFF has been riddled by a leadership tussle since the August 26 annual general assembly when the two factions emerged.

Mr. Giwa was endorsed by the Sports Minister.

Speaking to reporters in his office, Mr. Maigari said he was back for a short period and will sacrifice his ambition for re-election for peace to reign in Nigerian football.

“I am ready to sacrifice my personal ambition, I will not contest,” he said. “It is just an interim return, I just came back to put the house in order. We are here to usher in a new board by the grace of God the new board will soon be in place.”

“Eagles lost to Congo the last time, too sad. Very bad but it is part of the game. But since we are back we will address the situation. I am optimistic that Super Eagles will make Nigeria proud,” he added.

He said there was nothing he could have done about the prolonged crisis.

“I feel bad about the crisis. The Nigeria football family is not so good with crisis. In a situation like this we cannot do away with crisis, that is what has landed us were we are, but the way out is that we must do what we have to do, we have statutes and we must follow what is in it,” he said.

Mr. Maigari also denied there was a letter from the Court of arbitration on Sports, CAS, which ordered FIFA to ask Chris Giwa to go back to the office.

“I have not seen their (CAS) letter. For the election, the executive committee will have to sit and plan, there are procedures which we must follow, I just cannot come back and say we are going to do election, but we must do it in the shortest possible time,” he said.

Also addressing the media Tuesday, the sports minister, Tamuno Danagogo, said he had directed Mr. Maigari and Chris Giwa not to return to the office untill there was normalcy.

He denied knowledge of Mr. Magari’s resumption.

“I have asked Maigari and Giwa not to return to the office until there is normalcy, he has not told me anything,” he said.

Mr. Maigari is expected to set up an extraordinary congress that will conduct a fresh elections for new executive board members to be elected into office.

A letter addressed to Mr. Maigari and signed by Jerome Valcke, the secretary general to FIFA, and exclusively obtained by PREMIUM TIMES, has ordered the NFF to conduct an election as soon as possible and also warned them to not err to avoid immediate suspension.


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  • Omo Akin

    This writer certainly has something against Buhari. Most of his postulations are no more than rumors and rhetoric planted in the press. If Buhari supports the rascality going on in the National Assembly, how come Atiku was at such pains to splash it all over the media that he is loyal to Buhari. How come Saraki would plead with Obasanjo to intervene? Senator Alasoadura from Ondo State is now saying that he did not support Saraki and Dogara when he realized that his constituents are waiting for him.
    The correct reading of what is going on is the morbid ambition of Atiku and Saraki for 2019 using the nPDP and the PDP. These people want to position themselves to control the APC so that they can have it easy in the primaries. It is only a matter of time before Atiku and Saraki will devour one another when their interest collide.
    Do not weep for Tinubu. Tinubu can take care of himself. To insinuate that it was a mistake for Tinubu to give his all to the Buhari project is wrong. Every right-thinking Nigerian knew that GEJ needed to leave.
    If the writer adverted his mind to the way Afenifere sold out to Obasanjo in 2003 and killed AD, it is really these Afenifere people who should offended Tinubu and should apologize to him.
    It is early morning yet. Let’s see what happens two years down the road.

    • taewo

      You’re spot on! No further comments.

  • Proud Yoruba

    The fortunes of the entire nation lies on the shoulders of Yorubas! Even the disastrous Jonathan administration, the only stars in the administration are the Yoruba Ministers of Agric and ICT. We will save the country and move it forward, it is more arduous having to carry the lazy hausas and the thieving ibos along, but we must do it to save our dear country and live in peace. God help us daily, because He is our only ally!

  • Pause

    This man informs readers that Buhari has no integrity and honor but does not the writer lack the integrity and honor for not dissociating himself from Thieves like THIEFNUBU. How can Buhari be telling the world that he wants to fight corruption when THIEVES like THIEFNUBU are hanging around him?

    This writer is just another semi-literate Yoruba man who is angry that Thiefinubu lost out in the ongoing power play in APC.

  • Say the truth

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