FIFA Gives Nigeria Last Warning As House of Reps Intervenes in NFF Crisis

World football governing body, FIFA, yesterday warned that if by 8am on Monday, September 8, Chris Giwa and his fellow board members continue to lay claim to been elected to the executive committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the country will automatically be banned from all football related activities.
That will include automatic disqualification of the Super Eagles from defending the Africa Cup of Nations title with the qualifiers starting this weekend.
In the letter tagged SG/tre/pco and signed by FIFA’s Secretary General, Jerome Valcke, the Emergency Committee of the body had also in the ruling directed that the composition of the Executive Board of the NFF should return to how it was on August 25 before Giwa and his colleagues imposed themselves on Nigeria football.
“The NFF Executive Committee as it was composed on 25 August, (meaning under the presidency of Mr. Aminu Maigari) should then convene a first Extraordinary General Assembly as soon as possible to elect the members of the electoral committees and a second Extraordinary General Assembly in order to proceed with the elections of the new NFF office bearers,” stressed the directive from Zurich.
But in a swift move to avoid the looming ban, the House of Representatives Committee on Sports moved last night to plead with NFF delegates already in Abuja for the elective congress to postpone the elections.
Chairman of the House Committee, Honourable Godfrey Gaya, met with the delegates at their Hotel De Bentley lodge and urged that the Elective Congress be further delayed to allow those who may not have picked nomination forms, especially the Chris Giwa group the chance to be part of the elections.
Addressing the gathering of the NFF board members and state FA chairmen, Gaya said, “To every law abiding person, the Congress is the supreme organ and the House of Representatives believes that right things should be done and only the right things are good enough for Nigeria.
“We have listened to all parties and we are due to address Nigerians by 11am on Thursday (today), September 4 when I came by the letter from FIFA and decided to meet with you, members of the NFF Congress to put heads together on how to advance football”.
Gaya then said, “I see your meeting today (yesterday) as very important and as the highest organ the house must be bound by your decisions. I will therefore make an appeal and it is simple, let your congress go on tomorrow, let your congress chart a new cause and I will appeal that your congress tomorrow delay the elections. That will allow every Nigerian who wants to contest for any position the opportunity to be part of it in a free and transparent atmosphere”.
Gaya assured the gathering that the National Assembly will protect any lawful gathering against any form of harassment and added, “Nigeria is not a police state and we cannot as a responsible legislature permit any citizen or group to be denied the right to meet”.

Source: THIS DAY


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