Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Barr Solomon Dalung has warned that he would not sit and watch anyone face injustice and unfair treatment within the country’s football body, Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, in its day to day activities.
Dalung, who spoke during the 71st Annual General Assembly of the NFF in Abuja, maintained that no organization, whether private or public, thrives on the altar of corruption or any form of suspicious acts.
The sports minister confirmed “I will trample on toes if that is how Nigeria football will go forward and I may not be a very good visitor because I will trample on toes if that will move Nigeria forward. The manner at which we have conducted ourselves has exposed us to unnecessary attack and challenges.”
He particularly told NFF executive committee “We behave in a suspicious manner. Mr. President, you must administer this federation with justice and fairness. You and the entire executive have the mandate and the mandate is to do good to all.
“I am an undertaker and I will continue to do that. If you are right, you are right, if you are wrong, I will advertise you. Witch-hunting, domestication of circular politics into football will destroy this great industry. Nigeria does not know political differences when playing football.
“If NFF will domesticate crisis, I want to assure you Nigeria will not know peace, so we must recognise the responsibility upon us, we are peace makers. I challenge you to adopt the mechanism of peaceful resolution no matter the differences we have, we are all Nigerians.
“When stories of corruption are wide spread among you, nobody who hears the story of corruption would want to invest his money in that area. Money does not want to go to where there is crisis. If you are fighting among yourself, nobody will invest in Nigeria football.”


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