NFF crisis: Godfrey Gaiya hails President Jonathan’s ‘timely’ intervention

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Chairman, Committee of Sports in the House of Representative, Godfrey Gaiya has praised the intervention of Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan in the lingering leadership crisis of the Nigeria Football Federation.

President Jonathan on Wednesday night met with the warring factions of the NFF – Amaju Pinnick and Chris Giwa to resolve the prolong crisis, where Giwa was mandated to withdraw his legal matter before the Federal High Court in Jos, which had since been withdrawn, a development Gaiya deserved as timely and crucial.

The 50-year-old said the action of President Jonathan to spear time to intervene in the crisis-ridden football matters amidst his tight schedule underlined his special affection for the growth of the game in the country.

He however urged other aggrieved parties to desist from taking football matters to a civil court to avoid
embarrassment in the future from Fifa.

“I think we can only say thank you to our President for finding time to meet with the aggrieved parties and consequently the withdrawal of the Jos court case to avoid the FIFA ban which was imminent.

“But my advice is that we should avoid this kind of court scenario in future because it is not good for our reputation in the international community.”

Meanwhile, Gaiya, who is seeking a return to the House of Representatives in 2015 from his constituency of Jaba/Zangon Kafat in Kaduna State, also cited President Jonathan’s demand for the reinstatement of coach Stephen Keshi as the Super Eagles head coach as the best for the country.

“Mr President has asked that Keshi be reinstated and I think it’s in the best interest of the country,” Gaiya concluded.

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