President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Aminu Maigari, returned to office on Monday, after world football’s governing body, Fifa, ruled his impeachment as “unlawful”.
On his return to office, the Nigeria football boss, who will preside over the August 26 Congress, says he wish for a free and fair election in line with the statutory recommendations by Fifa.
“I personally will want any individual who is eligible to contest (the elections),” Maigari said.
He has called on all stakeholders to unite for the good of Nigerian football.
“There is no victor and no vanquished. We must all come together in the interest of the Nigeria game. We are all adults and we must have differences, but I am happy that those differences are now in the past and we are now of the same accord,” Maigari said as he settled into his chair on Monday.
He met Mike Umeh, Shehu Adamu and Ayodeji Tinubu, some of his board members in the office, and after hours of deliberation, chairman of the NFF media and publicity committee, Emeka Inyama, disclosed that the board had come together once more and that the interest of Nigerian football had prevailed.
“We are one big family, as we have always been. There were disagreements and misunderstanding for a number of weeks, but FIFA has cleared the air and the government has weighed in on the side of FIFA,” Inyama said.
“In the interest of the Nigeria game, we have all resolved to bury our differences and rather work towards evolving a roadmap for the coming elections.
There will be a meeting of the executive committee on Tuesday, 19th August.”
Most likely to be on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting is the issue of Super Eagles coach as the days tick speedily towards the commencement of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying race.