Buhari Reinstates Amaju Pinnick as NFF President

Buhari Reinstates Amaju Pinnick as NFF President

Amaju Pinnick has been reinstated as President of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) obviously so as to fend off the threat of a ban from FIFA.

The NFF has been embroiled in a power struggle with Chris Giwa also claiming to be President.

Giwa believes he was legitimately elected in 2014 and was backed by the Sports Minister Solomon Dalung earlier this July.

A Supreme Court verdict also ruled in favour of Giwa to be in charge but FIFA backs Pinnick and refuses to recognize his rival.

In May 2016, the NFF banned Giwa and four others from football for five years for “impersonation and taking football matters to a civil court” and FIFA insisted the penalty would be upheld worldwide.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino also cautioned that with Giwa in charge, the NFF risk a ban for Nigeria as the world governing body has stern rules prohibiting any interference in football from Government.

Giwa has now been told to vacate the NFF headquarters with the order coming from President Muhammadu Buhari.

“By this single action, our President has restored hope to millions of Nigerian youth and the not-so-young who are involved in one way or the other in the football business,” a statement said.

“Now they can live and breathe their favourite game once more.”

Pinnick, who was recently appointed the first vice president of the Confederation of African Football, was also elected at the 2014 vote contested by Giwa but a High Court ruling voided the result.

Nigeria’s domestic league, the NPLF, had already been suspended as a result of the crisis.

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