Abba Galadima wants a peaceful resolution to NFF leadership crisis

Nigeria Football Federation
The experienced administration has tasked those involved in the football leadership tussle in the glasshouse to seek a peaceful end

Former chairman, Kano Pillars, Abba Galadima has enjoined all those involved in the leadership crisis in the Nigeria Football Federation to sheath their sword and embrace a peaceful resolution.

The back and forth leadership tussle has gridlocked the nation’s football activities just immediately after the Super Eagles' elimination from the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Fifa through its secretary general, Fatma Samoura wrote to the NFF that Nigeria risk an international ban as from August 20 if the impasse in the leadership of the administration in the country is not resolved.

Speaking on the development, he pointed out that it is important that the NFF and those aspiring to hijack it to keep within the Fifa statutes and not do anything that will contravene it for personal interests.

“There are no two ways about it we must keep to the statutes of Fifa and not take football issues to court because Fifa frowns at it and it has taken us to where we are,” Galadima told Goal.

“I just want to appeal to both groups to think of the overall interest of Nigerians who see football as a unifying factor. We can’t afford to risk Fifa ban now because it will paralyze our football and send us several years back.

“Fifa has given us a directive and we must keep with it or opt out of it. We do not have much time between now and Monday and everything must be done to give peace a chance. Nigeria is bigger than any individual.”

Galadima admonished those in the Chris Giwa group to take up the peace pact reached by the Congress held in Benin City two weeks ago by the Pinnick led NFF and ensure that they try to have an out of court settlement.

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“Fifa does not like matters concerning its affiliates to be taken to court and this we must understand very well,” he added.

“There was a congress had in Benin some days back and at the end of that Congress, there were some resolutions reached with which if deploy will save us the embarrassment of Fifa ban.

“I want to beckon on the other group to reconsider their stand regarding the olive branch from Pinnick and the Congress. We must find a way to put this issue to bed without attracting an international ban.”