Aminu Maigari, has assured that polity in the Nigeria football (NFF) sector will be sanitised in a bid to avoid impending suspension by Fifa.
The President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), while addressing over 41 Delegates and Board Members on Thursday, announced that elections into the Executive Committee will hold before September 25 after an extra ordinary congress slated for September 18.
Maigari said: “We are going to hold the election before September 25 and the Extra-Ordinary Congress will hold to ratify the roadmap as requested by FIFA”.
He also appealed for calm and assured Nigerians that normalcy will soon return to the nation’s football administration and stave off the hanging threat of suspension by the world football governing body.
“It is important that we remain calm and don’t take action or make comments that will aggravate the situation”, he said.
“We are very positive that those who may have inadvertently caused us to incur the threat of suspension from FIFA will retrace their steps and save Nigeria the trauma experienced these past months”.
FIFA had in a letter of September 3 and signed by the secretary general Jerome Valcke directed Chris Giwa and others purporting to have been elected to the NFF board to vacate the offices by 7am Nigerian time on Monday, September 8, or the country will be automatically suspended from all organised football activities.
Giwa, the proprietor of Premier League side, Giwa FC and five others have been occupying offices of the NFF board, insisting that they were elected at a supposed Congress held on August 26.
According to the NFF boss: ” It is gratifying to note that we have consistently worked in consonance with the NFF, CAF and FIFA Statutes and we will not deviate from that path, but urge those who have taken wrong steps to retrace and they will be accommodated”.
Maigari said he is reaching out to constituted authorities to rein in the recalcitrant few.