In order to escape FIFA sanction, the Nigerian government has recognised the Amaju Pinnick-led football federation. The special assistant to the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo on media and publicity, Laolu Akande disclosed this on Twitter saying that the federal government has conveyed to FIFA a letter recognising Amaju Pinnick-led Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, as the board of the federation.

Mr Akande, who wrote this on his Twitter account Monday, said that the Pinnick-led NFF was the current and only executive committee.

”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 a dispute in a timely manner. FG is upholding NFF treaty obligations to FIFA”

He said the Federal Government would continue to engage all relevant parties to resolve the dispute in a timely manner.

The government, through the sports ministry, initially backed Chris Giwa as the NFF president, a decision the world football governing body rejected.

The Giwa-led NFF assumed office on July 2, following a court order that validated his election and nullified that of Mr Pinnick.

However, on July 23, the Giwa-led board was sacked the State Security Service (SSS) following a presidential directive.

The deadline given by the football world governing body for Nigeria to resolve the leadership dispute expires on Monday.

Victor Iroele, Special Assistant to Mr Giwa on Media when contacted by NAN, said he could not respond to something he was not aware of.


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