The Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung, on Tuesday said football stakeholders in the country must now find a lasting solution to the perennial Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, crisis.
Mr. Dalung stated this while addressing a Stakeholders Roundtable on the State of Governance of Nigeria Football in Abuja.
The Minister then gave a brief rundown on the crisis in the NFF, as well as the current happenings which have further compounded the crisis.
He said “My attention was only drawn to the crisis by Chris Giwa’s counsel, asking me to reopen the inconclusive negotiations and notifying me of Giwa’s desire to take over as NFF President.
“However, the Amaju Pinnick-led board failed to respect the agreement reached after the negotiations we had, and this prompted Giwa to go back to the courts, and without my knowledge,’’
Mr. Dalung also stated that after the Supreme Court ruling of April 27 which restored Giwa as NFF president, he had also appealed to Giwa to stay action until after the 2018 World Cup.
He said bringing the stakeholders together therefore was to discuss and save football in Nigeria.
Responding on behalf of the stakeholders, Abdulmumini Aminu, a former NFF president, pledged that the stakeholders would ensure a lasting solution to the crisis.