NFF Crisis: Sportmen Weep As Green Narrates Experience in Police Detention
The House of Representatives has asked the country’s top security chiefs to explain why Nigeria Football Federation’s president, Aminu Maigari, was detained without any charges brought against him.
Maigari’s detention stopped him from presiding over an NFF general assembly last Tuesday.
The House of Representatives action comes on the heels of a call by States’ Football Association (FA) chairmen on President Goodluck Jonathan to wade into the crisis rocking Nigerian football.
On Friday, several of the country’s football stakeholders spoke at the public hearing called by an arm of the country’s parliament.
At the hearing, NFF technical Committee Chairman, Chris Green, gave a graphic account of their harrowing experience at the anti-robbery squad cells in Abuja, where he and Maigari were thrown in with terrorists, kidnappers and murderers.
“It was a most dehumanising ordeal,” said Green, whose narration caused several of those attending the hearing to weep.
Meanwhile, some chairmen of the states’ football association have called on President Jonathan to remove from office the Minister of Sports for mishandling the football crisis in Nigeria.
Speaking on behalf of the chairmen, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa of Zamfara State, accused the minister of trying to dismantle all the achievements the country has recorded in recent times, saying, “the damage he has done to our football will take 10 years to resolve. The collateral damage is huge and he has brought the game to serious disrepute.”
Also speakinjg on the crisis,
Chairman of NFF Disciplinary Committee and Secretary of South East football stakeholders’ conference, Barrister Iyke Igbokwe, urged Nigerians to prevail on Chris Giwa to vacate the NFF secretariat to save the country’s football from doom.
He said the Super Eagles could miss the 2015 Nations Cup if FIFA banned Nigeria from all football activities due to the crisis in the game.