President Buhari orders NFF to amend statutes and hold elections in September



President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to begin the process of electing its executive committee as soon as possible once the existing administration expires in September.

President Buhari also ordered that the NFF Statutes, the country’s football administration instrument, be revised to accomodate additional stakeholders who had previously been excluded or refused equal representation at the NFF congress.

In a letter to NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, dated June 17, 2022 and signed by Youth and Sports Development Minister, Sunday Dare; Buhari reaffirmed the Federal Government’s support for football development in the country. He also urged the NFF leadership to ensure that he amended statutes reflect the country’s national yearnings, aspirations, and peculiarities of Nigeria’s soverignty, while adhering to FIFA’s football ideals and objectives.

Meanwhile, Alhaji Ahmed Shuaibu Gara Gombe, the former Chairman of the Gombe State Football Association, has urged anyone interested in runing for the NFF president to exhibit prudence.

So far, five candidates have expressed interest in the NFF’s top job, including one administrator and former Nigerian internationals.

“I think it is rather too early for such declaration to be made by anyone yet. There is the issue of statute that has not been sorted while the NFF Congress will still have to seat and draw out the electoral guidelines as well as announce the election date,” he said.

According to Gara Gombe, “Whatever anyone is doing at this time with regard to the election is hasty and it cannot amount to anything tangible at least for now.”

According to reports, some football stakeholders, including politicians, civil servants, diplomats, and key figures in corporate Nigeria, have encouraged the former Gombe FA chairman to declare interest in the NFF presidency.

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