By George Aluo
The nation’s number one citizen, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed sports minister, Solomon Dalung not to make any further public statement on the crisis rocking Nigerian football and allow the legal tussle run its full course.
President Buhari’s directive was conveyed in a letter addressed to Dalung. The letter which was signed by the Honorable Athorney General of the federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) stated in part.
” I write to convey the directive of His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari that the Honorable Minister of Youth and Sports should refrain from making any further public statement in relation to this matter and let the legal process take its course. The parties are to be advised to wait the final determination of the suit without disturbing the status quo ante.”
The letter which had the headline…Re: A plea for caution in implementing one-sided court orders concerning the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the need to respect FIFA’s position on the orders was dated 20th July, 2018.
Meanwhile, the sports minister in a statement today insisted nothing has changed on the NFF matter describing Pinnick’s return to the Glass House as “security excesses.”
Dalung’s statement read in part: “What happened in the NFF today is security excesses but it will be sorted out. The federal government is urging members of the public to remain calm as it is doing its best to resolve the crisis in the Nigeria Football Federation.”
Dalung further stated that the stakeholders meeting he called for tomorrow in Abuja would go ahead…”The stakeholders meeting billed for Tuesday July 24, 2018 will still go ahead as planned,” he stated.