The Federal Government has supported the president of the Nigerian Football Federation, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, in his quest to win a seat on the FIFA Council, the highest decision-making body in world football, in the African Football Confederation elections. next week in Rabat, Morocco.
At a press conference directed by the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, Engineer Nebolisa Anako on behalf of the Hon. The minister, Mr Sunday Dare, in Abuja on Thursday, the Government stated that “Mr Amaju’s ambition would further reposition Nigeria on the soccer world map where we have made remarkable strides” and indicated that his triumph would follow in the glorious footsteps of the illustrious compatriots, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina. (re-elected as president of the African Development Bank) and Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (first woman / first African director general of the World Trade Organization) in recent times.
“If the president of the NFF wins the job, it would not be a victory only for the Federal Government and all Nigerians, but for the African continent. He would be a great ambassador for our great country if he were elected to the FIFA Council. As a member of the CAF Executive, Pinnick is aware of the task ahead and of the support of the Federal Government for the realization of his dream ”, said Anako.
He added: “On behalf of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, and all Nigerians, we hereby pledge our unwavering support to Mr. Pinnick because his victory would be our collective victory.
“(Sports Minister) Mr Dare believes that Amaju can use his position and his connections at CAF and FIFA to help promote and develop Nigerian and African football in all its ramifications. Let us be determined and firm in our support … This is not the time to stand on the fence, but to participate in the scheme of things. “
NFF Second Vice President Mallam Shehu Dikko, who succeeded Pinnick (who is already in Morocco), thanked President Muhammadu Buhari.
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