Sports minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung has hinted that he is making plans to arrange a meeting between feuding personalities in the battle for leadership of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), but insists that the status quo, as directed by the Supreme Court, must be maintained.
In a move that is grossly contrary to what appeared to be a Presidential directive that boosted Ambassador Chris Giwa out of the NFF secretariat on Monday, Dalung stressed that due process has to be followed in the issue, but added that efforts are already on to bring both groups to a round table of discussions.
The sports minister, however, further stated that nothing has changed after the Supreme Court ruling and orders of the Federal High Court in Jos on April 27, 2018.
Consequently, despite The Glasshouse invasion on Monday by security operatives, who reinstated sacked scribe, Dr Sanusi Mohammed and Pinnick, Dalung stressed that the status quo remains.
He said: “As far as I am concerned, nothing has changed. There is no development after the Supreme Court ruling of April 27, 2018 and the Federal High Court Order of 5th June 2018 because the court has not vacated the order.
“Those who are presently trying to instigate confusion, using the name of the President must be aware that the President cannot go against the rule of law.
“The Order issued by the court has not been vacated and the President cannot vacate a court order because there are clear cut processes of doing that.
“What happened in the NFF today is security excesses but it will be sorted out. The Federal government is urging members of the public to remain calm as it is doing its best to resolve the crises in the Nigeria Football Federation.
“The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has already initiated a process of trying to bring the stakeholders together, to work out a roadmap out of this quagmire. The Stakeholders’ meeting billed for Tuesday, July 24, 2018, will still go ahead as planned.
“We want to assure Nigerians that Government is sorting out the grey areas but nobody should drag the name of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria into this.
“The President is an advocate of the Rule of Law and he cannot be associated with the security excesses of a breach of the Rule of Law. We urge the civil servants in the federation to remain calm and go about their normal duties.”