The Minister of Youth and Sports Solomon Dalung has called for an emergency meeting with the executive board members of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
Nneka Ikem Anibeze, SA Media in a statement released on Sunday said the meeting would hold on Feb. 28, in the Minister’s conference room, National Stadium, Abuja at 11am.
The statement emphasised that attendance of all board members to the emergency meeting was mandatory.
The meeting might have been called to discuss the position of Nigeria with regards to the March 16 election into the Executive Committee of CAF to hold in Addis Ababa.
NFF president Amaju Pinnick was said to have told CNN that they were expecting the current CAF president Issa Hayatou would be statesmanly enough to throw in the towel.
“People want change and a new generation of leadership. I join those advocating for the change,” he said.
When asked of his opinion should Hayatou suddenly withdraw from the race, Pinnick remarked that it would be the height of statesmanship.
The minister, apparently peeved by the remark released a statement at which he said Nigeria had not taken a decision of who to back in the election.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports said it has received with dismay press statements and interviews granted by some officials of the NFF committing Nigeria to supporting a candidate.
It quotes the Minister, Solomon Dalung as saying that the purported statement did not represent the position of the peoples and the government of Nigeria.
“At best, they were personal to the NFF President and therefor at variance with the position of Nigeria’’.
Dalung said the elections into CAF had a long tradition and Nigeria as a major actor had always taken a position that would not only promote unity and international integration but also taken into consideration the interest of Africa and its sub regional neighbours.
“As it is today, Nigeria has not taken a stand on the candidature of anybody contesting the presidency and should not be misrepresented by anybody’’. ##