Amaju Pinnick on Friday resumed duties as President of the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, at the football body’s secretariat in Abuja.
According to Brila FM, Pinnick was welcomed by some members of his board and staff of the federation, who were visibly elated by his return to the Glass House.
Pinnick’s resumption comes amidst a contention of a presidential order by Solomon Dalung, the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, over the NFF crisis.
Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation, had, on July 20, written a letter to the minister, urging him not to make any further public comment on the issue.
The AGF urged the need to respect FIFA’s position on the matter. He also “advised all parties involved to maintain status quo ante”, until the suit is determined.
The president had on Monday, ordered the reinstatement of Amaju Pinnick as NFF president, following a temporary stay of office by Chris Giwa, owing to a Supreme Court ruling of April 27, 2018.
However, despite the presidential order, Dalung in a statement released by his office, which was sighted on Friday, insists that “nothing has changed” about the Supreme Court order which sacked Pinnick from office.
He said, “As far as I am concerned, nothing has changed. There is no development after the Supreme Court ruling of April 27, 2018, and the Federal High Court order of 5th June, 2018, because the court has not vacated the order.
“Those who are presently trying to instigate confusion, using the name of the president must be aware that the President cannot go against the rule of law. The order issued by the court has not been vacated and the President cannot vacate a court order because there are clear cut processes of doing that.”
FIFA has made his position known on the matter, saying it only recognises Pinnick as the authentic head of Nigerian football.
Also, the Court of Arbitration for Sport, CAS, has upheld an earlier ban imposed on Giwa by FIFA from participating in any football-related activity.