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Maigari Returns to NFF, Calls for Free, Fair Elections

Alhaji Aminu Maigari returned to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), secretariat in Abuja yesterday to complete the remaining eight days of his first term as president.

The 58-year-old Bauchi indigene, who got his job back as a result of the intervention of world football governing body, FIFA, in the crisis engulfing Nigerian football, has however pledged to work with all the 13 members of the NFF board, irrespective of those who ganged up to throw him out of the Glass House.

“There is no victor and no vanquished. We must all come together in the interest of the Nigeria game. We are all adults and we must have differences, but I am happy that those differences are now in the past and we are now of the same accord,” Maigari said as he settled into his chair.

His immediate priority is how to conduct a free and fair elections on August 26 in Warri.
Maigari was on Thursday last week restored to office by world football –governing body, FIFA, after weeks of uncertainty at the Glass House, during which his Executive Committee said they had impeached him on sundry allegations.

On Friday, Minister of Sports and Chairman, National Sports Commission, Dr. Tammy Danagogo, asked Maigari to go back to office, and the 58-year-old former school teacher arrived at the NFF Secretariat sometime before noon yesterday.

Assistant Director (Communications) of the NFF, Ademola Olajire confirmed yesterday that on Maigiri’s assumption of office yesterday he had a meeting with some of the board members.

“The president met Chief Mike Umeh, Hon. Shehu Adamu and Mr. Ayodeji Tinubu, some of his board members, in the office, and after hours of deliberation, Chairman of the NFF Media and Publicity Committee, Chief Emeka Inyama, disclosed that the board had come together once more and that the interest of Nigeria football had prevailed,” observed the NFF spokesman.

Speaking later on the meeting, Inyama said: “We are one big family, as we have always been. There were disagreements and misunderstanding for a number of weeks, but FIFA has cleared the air and the Government has weighed in on the side of FIFA.

“In the interest of the Nigeria game, we have all resolved to bury our differences and rather work towards evolving a roadmap for the coming elections. There will be a meeting of the Executive Committee on Tuesday, 19th August,” concludes Inyama.

Also most likely to be on the agenda for another  meeting  today is the issue of Super Eagles’ Head Coach, as the days tick speedily towards the commencement of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying race next month.

The NFF was unable to conclude talks with Stephen Keshi’s representatives due principally to the crisis, orchestrated by Maigari’s impeachment and FIFA’s stand on status quo remaining as it was before the World Cup in Brazil.

source: this day


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