Amaju Pinnick, the President of the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, has declared that he is the recognized head of the nation’s football federation. He made the bold statement during an event on Thursday unveiling a planned friendly between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and Spanish Club side, Atletico Madrid.
The NFF supremo also urged sport writers desist from destructive criticism of the federation.'
'We are not saying you should not criticize us, please criticize us, but let it be constructive, advisory. We don’t want it to be destructive. When you destroy football in Nigeria, what would write about?”, Pinnick inquired.
He added: “If you look at the English Press, they are volatile but if you look at their caption, they are very advisory and that is what we should emulate. Let us be our brother’s keeper and we should know that at every point in time, there is only one NFF President, and that is Amaju Pinnick”.
The NFF President has been locked in a bitter legal battle with Christopher Giwa in the last four years over who should rule Nigerian football in the last four years.
Giwa and his board had dragged the Pinnick-led board to the Supreme Court earlier this year, seeking to set aside a verdict of the Appeal Court, which overruled the order of a Federal High Court in Jos, that the case should be continued.
However, the apex court refused to make any pronouncement on the suit seeking the sacking of the Pinnick-led board. A five-man panel, led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, referred the matter back to the High Court, saying the appellate court was wrong to have set aside the judgment of the Federal High Court.