Sports minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung has congratulated the Federal Government for averting a FIFA ban from international football activities, following a timely statement on the crises rocking Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
In a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, the minister’s Special Assistant on Media, Nneka Ikem Anibeze said Dalung lauded the efforts of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, which aborted a ban.
The minister, however, recounted that the matter still has a subsisting judgement of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
He stated: “I welcome the intervention of the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, which saved Nigeria from a suspension threat by FIFA in the lingering crisis of the FootbaIl Federation.
”I believe in the resolution of the crisis which has a history dating back to almost 20 years since the removal of Mr Anthony Kojo Williams from office.
“This crisis cannot be solved with a temporary measure or scratched on the surface. The intervention of the vice-president should not be viewed as different from an attempt to abate an escalating situation.
“As a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, who took oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I will prefer to stand with the rule of law instead of the opinion of men.
”I want to appeal to Nigerians to remain calm and give support to the NFF Elders Stakeholders Reconciliation Committee which is made up of reputable past presidents and general secretaries of the NFF with vast knowledge, experience and competence to resolve this crisis once and for all.”