The Federal government has, in a swift move to avert the looming ban on Nigeria, written world football governing body, FIFA to assure them that the Amaju Pinnick- led executive board of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is the authentic and legitimate body recognised to run football in Nigeria.
FIFA had on Wednesday last week ordered the NFF to put their house in order or face an immediate sanction following the leadership tussle which saw factional president Chris Giwa forcing himself into the Glass House while Pinnick was on official duty at the Russia 2018 World Cup.
The Senior Special Assistant Media and Publicity to the Vice President, Laolu Akande in a statement on Monday said that the Federal government has conveyed a letter to FIFA recognizing Pinnick as the NFF president.
“The FG has already conveyed to FIFA its firm position recognizing Amaju Pinnick-led NFF as the current & only NFF Exco. Govt will also continue to work with all relevant stakeholders involved to resolve the dispute in a timely manner. FG is upholding NFF treaty obligations to FIFA,” he tweeted on his official page
FIFA had in a letter addressed to Nigeria set August 20 as the deadline date for both countries to comply with the rules of the body by ensuring government do not interfere in football matters.
While Ghana had swiftly addressed their issue, the Minister of Sports through the Nigeria Ambassador to Switzerland had sought to have an audience with the FIFA president alongside the reconciliatory committee he set up to address the leadership tussle but was rebuffed through a letter sent through its Secretary General, Fatma Samoura.