Despite recent inauguration of a reconciliatory committee to broker peace within the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Former NFF Presidential candidate Abba Yola has posited that the lingering crisis in the Nigerian football has grown beyond Youth and Sports Minister Solomon Dalung.
Yola who spoke while giving account of how previous crisis within Nigerian football and sports were resolved in the past however beckoned on President Muhammadu Buhari to wade in and put a stop to varying issues which have pitched Amaju Pinnick and Amb. Chris Giwa.
While speaking directly to Dalung without mincing words, the former Kano Pillars chairman authoritatively asserted; “I’ve always said that what is beyond you is beyond you. The solution to this crisis is now beyond you, Mr Minister. It is absolutely wrong for you to assume that you are the beginning and the end on sports matters or that a committee of some people will help you get easy way out.
He particularly warned; “Minister Dalung come down from the fence. Do the needful and save this country from possible international ridicule. Sports politics is not a Guerrilla war. It is about diplomacy, honesty, transparency and tact because of its International colouration. And remember that the success of Mr President are built around the above qualities. It is either you adopt them or you get lost in the wilderness. No double standards.
“Football is our passion and to many a means of livelihood so do not think you can with a wave of the hand dismiss our concern and worries on how it is administered and or played in the country…My advise to you is therefore to refer this crisis to Mr President through a well sort out memo detailing the genesis of the issues on ground and seek another Presidential intervention.
“If President GEJ could broker peace which at least has lasted for more than one and a half years until your coming, I cannot see why PMB if properly briefed could not establish a lasting and enduring peace in the football family.
Again, Yola critically examined the role played so far by the Sports Minister since he assumed office last year and passed his verdict; “So sad that both parties were able to clearly see that Solomon Dalung has lost the capacity to broker peace and understanding. He cannot therefore give any one of them what they wanted.
“The Minister has failed to address the issues raised by Ambassador Chris Giwa while Mr Amaju Pinnick is not willing to even listen to Giwa. So, the only option now left is for the Ambassador Chris Giwa team to go back and reopen the Jos case where they could at least be listened to and possibly get fair hearing. And that is exactly what they did and where we are today.”