*We are not aware but if so, its politics – NFF
*Revelations of monumental size raised in petition
By Olayinka Elebute, Oluwole Francis
There is a massive break out of war inside the Glass House. That is the headquarters of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). This war is deeper and more vicious than the battle that ensued after the election that brought in Amaju Pinnick against Ambassador Chris Giwa. This war is multi-faceted and intense. By the time the last nozzle drops, the price, heavy as it is, will have a large number of casualties.
When former friends fight the sinews of love first crashes. Can we start with a prayer for the remaining soul of Nigerian football. It is a bad setting.
Drums of war: There were reports of war within the Executive Committee of the NFF. This war blew to the heights during the meeting preceding the last visit of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) President, Ahmad Ahmad, when a high-ranking member of the board angrily stormed out of the meeting.
Hours later, the committees of the NFF were all dissolved and re-organised. Prominent faces of the former committees lost out in the fresh battle and new commanders were appointed to take charge of the NFF.
Petition to ICPC, EFCC: The petition written to the anti-graft agencies are too deep and outstanding to be ignored. Except if the two agencies like the have done before will not be interested in doing their work well, this latest petition should lead to prosecution of certain persons.
Questions that will be rambling on the minds of ordinary Nigerians will be how far has the EFCC failed or succeeded in the prosecution of the four NFF chieftains in the 2010 issue. Their prosecution has turned to persecution. Seven long years the EFCC CANNOT finish the matter. Even if this one gets to that stage, may be they will conclude the prosecution by 2099!
National Assembly bribed: A copy of the petition submitted to the anti-graft agencies showed the size of the new fight. A first exposure is the fact that an allegation was laid that monies were paid to top National Assembly chieftains to help hasten the process of turning the NFF bill into law. To substantiate the allegation, the petition named persons who were paid. An allied insinuation is that, former Nigeria Women Football League chieftain and current member of the House of Representatives, Hon Ayo Omidiran was made to head a committee in the latest re-organisation, an act which the petitioner asserted is totally a contravention of the statutes.
Akwa-Ibom government scandal: The petition also showed that the NFF is anti-APC and pro-PDP. The petition claimed there is a secret deal with the Akwa Ibom state government. That there is an amount of money received after every match played in the state and how it is shared among board members.
Infantinogate: Even FIFA President, Gianni Infantino was named in the petition. Nigerians will recall when he came visiting the country. The petition claimed over N100million was spent to host the FIFA President. Yet, the Flying Eagles were bundled out of the African Youth Championships qualifiers that same weekend because of backlog of unpaid allowances!
2014 World Cup-gate: Bewildering figures and exposure! Yes, mouth gaping. A comprehensive list of how the 2014 FIFA World Cup money was shared amongst board members was attached. Who got what was also established. New fears of the petitioner was brought up that the 2018 World Cup funds, which is more than 100% of the 2014 value may go the way of the 2014 sharing formula.
There was an allied allegation that bothered on the activities of financial derivatives and the NFF. The petitioner delved into how monies has exchanged hands between both parties alleging further that there are secret spendings and off the counter loans between the chairman of financial derivatives and the NFF president Amaju Pinnick.
Sponsorship scandals: It was revelation galore too here. So many new stories behind all the top sponsorship deals involving the NFF marketing committee and it sponsors were chronicled. Who collected what and what transpired behind the scene are now on the table of the anti graft agencies. We are not able yet to disclose these details because persons named need to enjoy fair hearing before their names can be published. As soon as we achieve this ethical hurdle we shall publish the petition verbatim.
Gernot Rohr’s salary scandal: This petition also opened a new can of worms. This has to do with the Super Eagles’ coach, Gernot Rohr. It has to do with his salaries. Who paid what and how much was collected from government since Rohr assumed office. What is the role of financial derivatives in this big scam?
Using CAF President to scare Supreme Court: The petition claimed that NFF was very much involved in funding the CAF elections that produced Mauritanian, Ahmad Ahmad. How much of Nigerian tax payers monies was spent in the run up to the elections and the allegation that the incumbent CAF President got some dole.
In his last trip to Lagos, Ahmad Ahmad was allegedly smuggled into Nigeria to send a message to the Supreme Court in the matter Ambassador Chris Giwa has against the NFF?
Ahmad Ahmad’s presence was meant to show in view of the fears that the court is seen may be considering of doing the judgment in a matter of days. Ahmad Ahmad was also alleged to have breached Nigeria immigration laws in coming into the nation?
National team allowances scandal: What happened to the monies released to offset allowances owed the Under-20 national teams (male and female and the beach soccer team). Monies were since released for these purpose by the Federal Government, same day as the allowance for the Super Eagles away game with Zambia in Ndola. Who embezzled these monies and why?
N600million Globacom money: The petitioner raised another dust, this time around about what he called “the Globacom deal.” He revealed that the telecommunications company has paid out N600million as the last quota of the contract agreement? Who collected the money?
Invitation to answer questions: One of the anti-corruption agencies is reported to have acted so swift. Letters of invitation to the major actors named in the petition have been invited but they could not be served last week. Since service is personal except if an officer is occupying an office, there are plans to serve them this new week. Many of those to be invited had gone on national duty for the last match of the world cup qualifiers in Algeria and Krasnador in Russia venue of the Super Eagles friendly with Argentina.
In a text message to the Secretary General of the NFF, Dr Sanusi Mohammed, he denies any knowledge of any petition against the federation with any anti-corruption organisation in the country. However, he said, “politics, however small it is will still be politics. You know better.”