The decision of the Nigerian government in the resolution of the crisis that has rocked the Nigeria Football Federation has been met with mixed reactions by the Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung ,as he has called for the implementation of the rule of Law in all aspects of the polity.
Following the threat of ban from the football world governing body FIFA, the federal government said it has recognised the embattled Amaju Pinnick as the authentic leader of the NFF as required by the terms of the world football body.
But in a statement made available by his Special Adviser on Media, Nneka Anibeze ,Dalung who appreciated the timely intervention of the Vice President in maintaining the ties with FIFA , however reaffirmed his belief in the Rule of Law stating that such hasty decisions could not put an end to a feud that has lingered for over twenty years.
In his words, “This crisis cannot be solved with a temporary measure or scratched on the surface. The intervention of the Vice President should not be viewed as different from an attempt to abate an escalating situation. “
Reiterating his stand as an enforcer of the law, the minister pointed out that the Supreme Court had given it’s verdict and thus called for full implementation of the Law.
“As a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, who took oath of office to protect and defend the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I will prefer to stand with the Rule of Law instead of the opinion of men.
“I want to appeal to Nigerians to remain calm and give support to the NFF Elders Stakeholders Reconciliation Committee which is made up of reputable past Presidents and General Secretaries of the NFF with vast knowledge, experience and competence to resolve this crisis once and for all.
“We are a constitutional democracy and the doctrine of separation of powers is the foundation of democratic experience, therefore, the Rule of Law is the only mechanism that guarantees liberty and freedom of citizens”, he appealed.
Dalung while wishing the country happy Sallah celebration, called for coexistence while appealing to all to be law abiding in conformity with the change mantra of the administration advising all to eschew impunity.
“This administration was elected on the change mantra meaning that impunity has no accommodation anywhere, so Nigerians must learn to believe and practice the doctrine of the Rule of Law. I believe we shall overcome this if we remain within the confines and dictates of the laws of our country.
“As we celebrate Sallah, let’s remain law abiding citizens,” Dalung said.
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