Peacemaker in Nigerian chaos says NFF is operating illegally

August 9 – The former chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation, Col. Abdulmumini Aminu, says the association is being run “illegally” and has called for an end to the crisis.

After months of political in-fighting and with the threat of a FIFA ban hanging over the country, Nigeria recently restored Amaju Pinnick as its federation president with the backing of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) who named him as its first vice president to replace scandal-tarnished Kwesi Nyantakyi.

But last week Last week Nigeria’s Federal High Court refused to grant a request to stop Chris Giwa, founder of a rival faction, from taking over as president.

Aminu, who has been saddled with the responsibility of reconciling the warring factions within after being appointed by the sports ministry, says the leadership tussle between Pinnick and Giwa has dragged for too long.

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Aminu called on the National Assembly to urgently enact laws which would enhance the operations of the NFF.

“The NFF is illegally run, because there is no law backing it,” he said. “Unless the National Assembly helps to enact an act or create an enabling law for the NFF, we are still going to have problems.”

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