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Buhari orders NFF to hold elections in September, amend statutes

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President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to immediately commence the process that will lead to holding new elections into its Executive Committee at the expiration of the current administration in September.

The Nigerian president also directed that the instrument of football administration in the country, the NFF Statutes, be amended to include other stakeholders, who had hitherto been disenfranchised, or denied equal representation in the NFF congress.

These directives were contained in a letter dated 17th June, 2022 addressed to Amaju Pinnick, the president of the NFF, and signed by the country’s sports minister, Sunday Dare.

Buhari, who reinforced the Nigerian government’s support for football development in one of Africa’s top footballing nation, urged the leadership of the NFF to ensure that the amended statutes reflect the national yearnings, aspirations and peculiarities of Nigeria as a sovereign nation whilst aligning with the principles and objectives of football as set by the sports’ governing body, FIFA.

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