House of Representatives, yesterday, mandated its Committee on Sports to invite the Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, and officials of the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, so as to resolve the lingering crisis rocking the football body.
The resolution followed a motion of urgent public importance sponsored by Prestigious Ossy.
In his lead debate, Ossy recalled that trouble started when a high court nullified the election of Amaju Pinnick and declared Chris Giwa the winner of the election.
According to him, “Since the declaration of Giwa as winner of the September 30, 2014 election and the substantial President of the NFF by the court, the infighting has escalated. It took the timely intervention of officers and men of the Nigerian Police to prevent a total breakdown of law and order at the headquarters of the NFF on July, 12,” Ossy told the House.
He expressed worry that the crisis in the NFF would affect the chances of Nigeria qualifying for the next FIFA World Cup and its performances at the oncoming Olympic Games in Brazil.
Ossy said he has it on good authority that FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, would soon visit the country and it will not be good if he visits the NFF at a time of crisis.
In his contribution to the motion, Abdulrazak Namdas described the crisis as ‘going backwards’, stressing that the problems confronting the NFF needs to be addressed immediately.
The motion was adopted and referred to the committee for further legislative input.

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