Amaju Pinnick's NFF board returns to office

Amaju Pinnick's NFF board returns to office

- Mohammed Sanusi says Amaju Pinnick-led committee have resumed work

- The general secretary of NFF also said that the atmosphere is now calm

- Pinnick had been told earlier to step down by the federal government

General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Mohammed Sanusi has said the Amaju Pinnick-led Executive Committee are back to the federation’s secretariat in Abuja.

Sanusi who also said he had resumed work in the federation’s secretariat in Abuja told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) the situation is under control.

The Nigerian news media outlet said that the atmosphere at the secretariat’s offices was calm as staff went about their normal duties.

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NFF General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi.

A number of Department of State Services officials (DSS), who took over the premises were also seen on duty.

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“I am back to my office, and the Pinnick-led board is back,’’ Sanusi told NAN.

“When the DSS officials came in, they refused to allow anyone to enter the premises. But I came in and spoke with the staff and urged them to be law-abiding.

“I told them to bear in mind that they are civil servants and should not get involved in the politics. Thereafter, I ushered all into their offices and everyone is going about their duties,’’ he added.

The minister of youths and sports development, Solomon Dalung, had urged the NFF to comply with the Supreme Court order on Chris Giwa’s 2014 election.

The development has since prompted FIFA president Gianni Infantino to warn that Nigeria risk being banned by world football governing body.

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Asked if he could see if there was a contradiction in federal government’s actions on the matter, Sanusi responded: “I don’t think that there is any contradiction in government’s actions in this matter.

“If government had given directives (earlier), we would not have been where we are’’.

But Sanusi assured that the situation was not going to affect the development and organisation of football in the country.

“By the grace of God, we are going to do everything humanly possible to move the game forward, and I have always said that honesty is the best policy.

“Whatever you are doing, you have to stand by the truth because posterity will judge you’’

Meanwhile, had earlier reported Amaju Pinnick was been told by the Federal Government to step down from his current position as Nigeria's football chief.

The statement was from the Ministry of Youth and Sports which is under current Nigeria's Sports Minister Solomon Dalung.

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