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WHY THE NIGERIA GOVERNMENT SHOULD HAVE A SAY ON THE LEADERSHIP OF IT’S NUMBER ONE SPORTING ASSET, FOOTBALL

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Without mincing words, it must be stated clearly that anyone who is murmuring that Nigeria Government should not have a say on who becomes the New NFF President is faking ignorance to the stack realities on ground .

The Nigeria Football Federation is a Quasi Government Organisation which is under the supervision of the Ministry of Sports.

For the sake of this piece , Nigerians must understand what a Quasi Government Organisation is.

This is a Government Organisation that is assigned some or more attributes of a private company because of its Peculiar nature.

So it must be noted that the Private outlook the NFF enjoys was given to it by the Nigeria Government and no one else , not even FIFA .

And like any other Parastatals and Quasi Government bodies , the NFF is subject to the Policy Direction of the Nigeria Government.

And for the Government to see this Policy Direction through , it must be Comfortable with the Head of all it’s Parastatals and Quasi organisations, football inclusive .

Anyone can quickly want to say what is he saying, afterall the NFF is a Private organisation.

Yes, it is , because the Government accords it that characteristics.

The NFF is a creation of the Nigerian Government because it wants to play football locally and internationally, hence the need to join the rest of the World to play Association Football with the body that organises football globally, FIFA .

In Nigeria, Football is the Country’s number one Sporting Asset and the Government gives permission to like-minds to run the game as long as they comply with the laws of the land.

This is the reason why the Government is still the number one source of funding for the NFF and that has never changed.

The NFF collects monthly subventions from Government and sometimes also get Special Interventions for its activities.

For such an organisation that is heavily funded by Government, wouldn’t it be total lack of Responsibility and Ignorance of its Supervisory roles for any Government to keep quiet on who heads the organisation?

It is always very easy for those that will criticise to jump into the bandwagon of FIFA Fear and FIFA ban on the excuse of Government Interference.

FIFA does not want the running of football in member countries to be run by Government which is what it should be for the effective governance of the game .

But FIFA recognises the role Government plays in the stability of every Football Federation especially in Africa, but often times FIFA is being used to fight the Government by those running the game to push forward their Agenda, all in the name of FIFA ban and Government Interference.

Those managing the Country’s football often forget the history and chronology of the NFF they are part of.

What Football is to Nigeria as a country is far beyond just a round leather game , it is a unifier for a multi complex country like ours .

This is the reason why failure to qualify for a World Cup will be a big issue for the leadership of those running our football compare to maybe other Countries.

Imagine Nigeria qualifies for the World Cup in Qatar, you can be rest assured that the day Nigeria will be playing , the crime rate all across the country will be reduced and the unity of the country is fostered more.

This alone can give a sitting Nigeria President a return to office if Nigeria does well at the World cup and vice versa.

I give this example to let people understand a serious Government cannot fold it’s hand and just allow anybody to head the NFF.

If the person who heads the NFF is who the Government of the day is comfortable with ,it is the gain of the country’s football more than any other thing .

The person will get full Government support financially and there will be less friction between him and the Minister.

But if not it’s the Country’s football that will suffer big time and the NFF will struggle to get things done while all the blame will still fall back to the Government.

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Maku Emerges DG Of Nasarawa PDP Gubernatorial Candidate Campaign Council, Others

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By David Christopher, Lafia

As preparation for the 2023 General Elections is in top gear, Nasarawa State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) met at the level of the State Caucus Meeting and officially unveiled her State Campaigning Management Committee with the former Commissioner, Deputy Governor and Information/Defence Minister, Mr. Labaran Maku appointed Director General (DG) of the Campaign Council.

This was contained in a press release signed by the head of the party’s media/Publicity team in the state Comrade Adeka Stephen and made available to our correspondent in Lafia on Friday.

while other party gladiators; Senator (Dr) Walid Jibrin (OON), Distinguished Senator Solomon Aku Ewuga, Distinguished Senator Suleiman Asonya Adokwe, His Excellency Dr John Mike Abdul, Alhaji Usman Danlami Bagudu, Major General Nuhu Bala Angbazo (Rtd), Dr. Mike Omeri Agbo, Prof. Abdullahi Jibrin were enlisted as Deputy Directors of various committees.

The statement read In part,”it’s not gonna be business as usual for the failed APC led government, but one man one vote… PDP is more organized/prepared to take over power in the state and the country come 2023″ The party’s chairman in the state Hon. Francis Orogu stressed.

On his part the Gubernatorial Candidate in the state, Rt. Hon/Dr. David Emmanuel Ombugadu (PhD) who spoke through his Deputy, Hon. Usman Yahaya Ohinoyi said,”The suffering and dying Nasarawa electorates will surely decide between the bad APC candidate and the best PDP candidate in 2023.

“If elected into power, I shall move straight to the project ground breaking site from the swearing-in ceremony ground to deliver peoples oriented governance to the People of Nasarawa State”.

Expressing his readiness to lead the state campaign to a successful victory, the former Deputy Governor, Nasarawa State and Information/Defence Minister, Hon. Labaran Maku said, “We will adequately mobilize people to vote/protect the PDP votes to install OMBUGADU (PDP Governor) and Atiku Abubakar (PDP President) in the state and the country at large…our resolution to remain united as one indivisible entity before, during and after the elections is sacrosanct to give Nasarawa State of our dreams a new home and destiny “.

Our correspondent observed that the news of the season orator, political guru and an ardent grassroot mobilizer and a two terms All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) Gubernatorial Candidate in Nasarawa State, Hon. Labaran Maku to sphare head the said campaign and other Politicians of note has prompted PDP supporters to embarked on jubilation across the entire state.

In an exclusive interview with Comrade Adeka Stephen the party’s image maker in the state he said,” With this formidable campaign structure you will agree with me that it is already a defeating threat to the unproductive APC government in the state. Recalled that APC group passed a vote of no confidence on Engr. A.A Sule over porous conduct of party primaries. Surely, the end and judgement day of the APC led government in Nasarawa State is here in 2023.

“PDP landslide victory in 2023 General Elections in Nasarawa State is Clary and crystal clear because, APC votes will be shared to Social Democratic Party (SDP), New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP), Action Democratic Congress (ADC) and Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) as most of the key APC players left the party for another after primaries, but the umbrella party PDP house is intact and united combat ready to halt APC Leadership in the state and nation.

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