There was mild drama yesterday at the secretariat of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) as the impeached president of the NFF,Alhaji Aminu Maigariwho was reinstated to his position last Friday by the Minister and Chairman of the National Sports Commission (NSC),Dr. Tamuno Danagogoresumed office…
Maigarihad arrived at the secretariat at about 11.45 am in a long convoy of vehicles made up mainly of security operatives including the police and the Department of State Security (DSS) and also led by the general secretary of the NFF, Barr.Musa Amadu.
Also on the entourage were the Lagos and Kano State FA chairmen,Seyi AkinwumiandSherif Rabiu-Inua.
They proceeded straight to the office of the president whereMaigariexchanged greetings with board members who were already in the same office including the first vice president,Chief Mike Umeh.
Briefing the media immediately he took his seat,Maigarisaid he resumed to continue to contribute his quota in the development of football in Nigeria adding that he is ready to continue to work with his estranged board members as one united football family.
“As you witnessed, I went to each and every one of my colleagues to greet and shake hands with them because we are friends, colleagues’ and working together for the development of football in Nigeria, we must all know it that football is a team work. It is not just what only one man can do. I also want to use this opportunity to thank all Nigerians for their deep interest in the development of football in the country.”
But in a swift reaction,Chief Mike Umehwho sat at another end of the office with some of the members loyal to him said he still remains the acting president of the federation and thatAminu Maigariremains impeached and that nobody except the congress of the NFF has the power to either endorse or quash it.
“Yes Maigari came to me and we exchanged greetings. It does not mean that we are enemies we only want to develop as institution, but we still stand by the decision we have taken that he has been impeached by a majority of the board members pending the confirmation of the congress and we still stand on that, yes he can come after all he is a Nigerian but a tree cannot make a forest, I don’t know how he can take any decision without the board members, so let us see how he will function.”