Chairman of the senate committee on sports, Chief Obinna Ogba has declared that the House committee on sports does not have the right to make a declarative statement on the current NFF crisis as they seem to have done recently.
Speaking when he came to sign the condolence register for the two Nigeria coaches that died lest week, Ogba stressed that the House can act in advisory capacity on the matter, and not make categorical statement. The House of Representatives had last week given recognition to the Amaju Pinnick led board and equally called on the law enforcement agents to call Giwa to order.
Meanwhile, Obinna Ogba laments that the Federal Government under President Mohammadu Buhari lacks the political will to resolve the impasse between the factional groups of the Nigeria Football Federatuion (NFF).
“It is left for the federal government to do this if it really wants peace to reign in our football. If the federal government wants to resolve it in a matter of days it can do so,” he said.
Asked why he initiated the struggle in 2014 while still a member of the board, he said he would not like to dwell on the matter again as he had since thrown the towel on it.
The Senator said that the presidency should come to the rescue of Nigerian football by taking a bold step to call the warring factions at the NFF to order and put an end to the crisis which it noted is taking Nigerian football backwards.
Obinna Ogba had distanced himself from Giwa’s group during the Extra-Ordinary Congress organised by the Amaju Pinnick-led Executive Board of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), to discuss current developments in the country’s football noting that he had nothing to do with the court order Giwa’s group secured, despite being one of the plaintiffs way back in 2014.
“I want to put on record that since I became the Chairman Senate Committee on Sports, there is nothing Amaju (Pinnick) will say he asked from me that he did not get.”
“What is important is to be focused and whether it is ordinary politics or football politics, you must leave one window open for reconciliation.
I want to assure the congress that in this football family that I am a member and I will still remain a member,” he said at the congress.