NFF Drama: Minister Insists on August 26 Elective Congress

• Aminu maigari, Mike Umeh, Musa Amadu whereabouts unknown
• Sports Minister gets to open NFF electoral congress
• 26 FA Chairmen detained
• Tuesday’s General assembly disrupted
• Fifa could ban Nigeria again for Government interference

Drama and intrigue that has bedeviled the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) of late has yet to cease, with the recent chapter involving tales of arrests and solidarity protests, while the general assembly slated for Tuesday in Abuja was disrupted.

NFF President Aminu Maigari was invited by the SSS on Tuesday morning, along with other top officials namely NFF general secretary Musa Amadu and vice-president Mike Umeh. Maigari was to preside over and NFF general assembly, but was instead detained.

Nigeria Football Federation.
Nigeria Football Federation.
It was a tale of suspense and intrigue at the Chida Hotel in Abuja today, as not less than 35 FA chairmen were reported to have undermined security operatives’ ‘stand down’ call to march to the SSS office in solidarity for their arrested president.


Recent reports suggests that sports Minister Tammy Danagogo moved to open an elective congress, while Amadu was later taken away to supervise the purported election.

Nigeria look to be threading the lines of successive suspensions from international football barely two months after the previous one.

The ministry’s resolve is understood to be in total contrast with an earlier NFF agreement for a general assembly to design a road map for elections to the NFF ExCo, in line with a recent order from world football’s governing body Fifa that subsequent elective congress must come up within two weeks.

The Fifa directive advocated categorically for a congress to fashion out timetable, in the wake of the recent power tussle within the football family.

The whereabouts of about 26 FA chairmen who are believed to have been held back close to the SSS ‘Yellow house’ is yet to be ascertained.


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