The Nigerian Football Federation, NFF’s General Secretary, Musa Amadu, has resigned from his post.
The resignation, Wednesday, came amidst speculations that he refused to release to the NFF president, Amaju Pinnick, the $3.6 million intended as repayment of a loan from the Federal government.
In his letter of resignation dated March 18, 2015 and made public by the NFF spokesperson, the 53-year old lawyer said his resignation took immediate effect.
He thanked the NFF president, the executive committee and “everyone at the NFF for the singular honour of serving our great country in this position and wish you and the NFF the very best in the years ahead.”
Accepting the resignation, the NFF Executive Committee said it respected Mr. Amadu’s decision and wished him success in his future endeavours.
“We greatly appreciate his quality contributions to the development of football in Nigeria,” the committee said. “His professionalism, hardwork and commitment to his duty helped in no little way in keeping the NFF administration stable and efficient.
“Without any doubt, when the story of Nigerian football is written, Musa Amadu’s name will be etched in gold.”
On a personal note, Mr. Pinnick said: “Barrister Amadu is a marvelous human being, as a person and as a professional. We will certainly miss him, but we will certainly need to tap from his fountain of knowledge every now and again because he has tremendous experience in the field.”
Mr. Amadu, with 28 years at the Bar, was one of the first Nigerians to earn the FIFA master’s degree in law, humanities and sports management, and served as Deputy Secretary General (General Services) at the NFF before becoming the General Secretary in July 2010.
The Executive Committee also announced the appointment, with immediate effect, of Mohammed Sanusi as the new General Secretary of Nigeria Football Federation.
Mr. Sanusi, 51, attended the Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto before earning a bachelor’s degree in physical and health education from the Usman dan Fodio University. He also has a master’s degree from the University of Ibadan and a doctorate degree from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
Owner of a certificate in computer education and member of several national and international bodies, Sanusi has garnered tremendous experience in sports administration and management through active roles during the FIFA World Youth Championship Nigeria 1999, Ghana/Nigeria 2000 Africa Cup of Nations, 8th All-Africa Games Organizing Committee, the 2002 and 2006 African Women Championships and the FIFA U-17 World Cup Nigeria 2009. He also managed the accommodation of Nigerian athletes at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002.
Presently the president of national body of Colleges of Education Games (NICEGA), Sanusi has written many books, and also has published several papers on sports administration and management in local and international journals.
He resumed at the NFF as Assistant Secretary General (Competitions) in 2007 and was Director of Competitions before his new appointment.