Aminu declares NFF illegal, canvasses enabling laws to halt perennial crisis

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Former Chairman of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA), Col. Abdulmumini Aminu (rtd.) yesterday said the current Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) was being run ‘illegally’ and that there was need for an enabling law for effective football administration in the country.

Aminu, who has been saddled with the responsibility reconciling the NFF warring factions within two weeks as the head of Elder Stakeholders Reconciliation Committee appointed by the sports ministry, says the leadership tussle between Amaju Pinnick and Chris Giwa has dragged for too long because of lack of laws for the federation.

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Aminu called on the National Assembly to urgently enact laws which would enhance the operations of the NFF.
Members of the committee inaugurated by sports minister, Solomon Dalung on Monday include two former NFF bosses, Alh. Ibrahim Galadima and Anthony Kojo Williams. Others are Prof. Onje GyeWado, Dr. Sam Sam Jaja (Life Member, NFF Board) and Dr. Bolaji Ojo Oba.

“The key to curbing the crisis in the NFF is an Act of the National Assembly,” Aminu told NAN.“The NFF is illegally run, because there is no law backing it. The NFF is being run by Decree 101, which was used for the NFA.”“Unless the National Assembly helps to enact an act or create an enabling law for the NFF, we are still going to have problems.”

A bill for an Act to repeal the Nigeria Football Association Law 2004 and enact the NFF Act to provide for the administration of the game of Football in Nigeria and for other related matters is currently before the National Assembly.