Former Chairman of Nigeria Football Association (NFA), Brigadier General Dominic Oneya (rtd) and the President of the sacked Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Pinnick Amaju, were among the first set of guests of the Ibrahim Galadima-led ministerial reconciliation committee which commenced its sitting yesterday in Abuja.
Former Head of Media and TV analyst, Austin Mgbolu also appeared with other guests including the chairman of the NFF technical committee under Pinnick, Barrister Chris Green and the immediate past general secretary, Mohammed Sanusi.
The committee was recently set up by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung to reconcile the warring factions of the NFF.
The committee, which has one month to submit its report, has the mandate to seek measures that would lead to a reconciliation of the two factions and aggrieved stakeholders in Nigerian football.
Factional president, Ambassador Chris Giwa and his folks have been invited to appear before the committee on Wednesday, even as the faction has distanced itself from the committee.
The group in a statement issued by its chairman of chairmen, Effiong Johnson, insisted that the committee was lacking in good faith and is calculated to hoodwink Nigerians.
He noted that the minister has no moral right to constitute the committee, since he is also involved in the matter.
“The minister has thus lost the moral podium to midwife any settlement of the dispute. Secondly, the composition of the membership of the so called reconciliation committee leaves no one in doubt that it was constituted only for a hatchet job for the Amaju Pinnick group.
“Virtually all members of the committee are associates of the Amaju Pinnick group. For instance, Musa Amadu is not only a co-defendant with the minister in the case but is also the chairman of the Organising & Disciplinary Committee of the Amaju Pinnick group. May we put it on record that the board of the NFF has no confidence in that committee and disassociates itself from its activities,” Effiong noted in the statement.

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