The House of Representatives has initiated moves to step into the crisis rocking the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
The House has ordered its Committee on Sports to summon the Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung and officials of the Nigeria Football Federation, in a bid to amicably resolve the dispute.
This was sequel to a motion of urgent public importance promoted by Hon. Prestigious Ossy who recalled that the fracas started when a High Court nullified the election of Amaju Pinnick and declared Chris Giwa the winner of the election.
Hon. Ossy said:
“Since the Jos High Court granted Giwa’s motion seeking the re-listing of his case against the Amaju Pinnick-led NFF Board, the in-fighting has escalated. It took the timely intervention of officers and men of the Nigerian Police to prevent a total breakdown of law and order at the headquarters of the NFF.”
He also said the crisis in the NFF would affect the chances of Nigeria qualifying for the next FIFA World Cup and its performances at the forthcoming Olympic Games in Brazil. Also, Hon. Abdulrazak Namdas, APC, Adamawa State, described the crisis as “going backwards” adding that the problems confronting the NFF needs to be addressed immediately.
It is on record that Nigeria failed to qualify for the upcoming 2017 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations after a 1-1 draw with the Pharaohs of Egypt. Football experts are of the opinion that the crisis at the Glass House was a major reason for the poor performances during the qualifying campaign. This is the first time in over four decades that the Eagles have failed to qualify for two AFCON tournaments in a row.
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The House adopted the motion after it was put to a voice vote by the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, who presided over the plenary. The Committee is to report back to the House within two weeks for further legislative input.