The much anticipated meeting of the Ambassador Chris Giwa led Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Executive Committee and that led by Amaju Pinnick under the auspices of the House of Representatives Committee on Sports finally took place in Abuja on Thursday.
The lawmakers who have vowed to find a lasting solution to the festering crisis, did not allow other parties to enter the meeting venue, as only Giwa and Amaju, were the ones allowed to ventilate their thoughts on the matter. At the end of the session Giwa said he was happy with the meeting and saluted the patriotism of the lawmakers to intervene in the matter of common interest to all Nigerians.
After over close to three hours of meeting the both parties came out smiling with Ambassador Giwa, saying he was excited at the intervention of House of Reps members adding that the meeting was very fruitful. “We had a very fruitful meeting on the way forward and as I will always say we must try and mend fences and I think that is the way we are looking at the matter. The media will be duely informed of developments in the coming days as another meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday next week”, he declared.
Giwa further alluded to the fact that he was not a desperado for the job of the NFF President but merely want to enforce his fundamental human rights as enshrined in the Nigerian Constitution. “God’s willing, we shall get to our Eldorado in football in this country”.
On his part, Pinnick was quoted as saying that the meeting was also fruitful. Asked while the NFF appealed the Jos High Court Judgement, when they had earlier said there was a non-existent case, Pinnick declared that he was only adhering to the rule of law in Nigeria and will continue to do that as a law abiding citizen of the country. Both parties meet with the lawmakers again on Tuesday next week.