Senate committee begs Osinbajo to sign NFF bill

To avoid frivolous litigations and the perennial crisis that usually dog football administration in the country, the Senate Committee on Sports has urged Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo to sign the Nigeria Football Federation bill into law.

Saying that it would be unfortunate if the country were banned from international football owing to the legal battles dogging the administration of the game, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Sports, Senator Obinna Ogba said the bill would take care of the ambitions of every stakeholder in Nigerian football.

Speaking on the recent court case at t6he Supreme Court, Ogba said: “My appeal is for the Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo to sign the NFF bill into law. Once that bill is signed into law, it would save us a lot of trouble.

 There is a provision in the bill for those in ordinary court now to go to the sports court of arbitration to seek redress. FIFA frowns at people going to ordinary courts. We freely signed to be a member of FIFA and genuine stakeholders should learn to respect FIFA rules in the interest of the country.

“We can’t afford to go the way of Sudan that has just been hammered by FIFA. Sudan’s World Cup hopes have been frittered away, just like that of their clubs in continental football. Nigeria is too big to go the way of Sudan and given the role football play in bonding the country together, it is not a sector we should toy with. Football is the first love of every Nigerian. The game brings us together as a people and I know even those that run our judiciary know that much and would put the nation’s interest first even when stakeholders carry their fight to them.”

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