*I have no business in the NFF again
*I am still a patriotic Nigerian
Former President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Alhaji Sani Lulu Abdullahi, said he is still angry and pained by the way and manner he was impeached and removed as the President of the federation, after serving meritoriously for four years.
Lulu expressed his bitterness while featuring as a guest of the Osun Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN)’s monthly stakeholders forum tagged “Osun SWAN Platform” in Osogbo on Wednesday.
According to him: “As I am talking to you here, I am not a happy man because some people sat and stopped me from giving my service, my sincere service to my great country.
“Temporarily, in my life, one minute in 24 hours, I can say I am a very pained man. I am always bitter knowing I am still facing court prosecution on allegations of mismanagement of funds.
“I sometimes have to trek to Abuja while members of my administration, impeached with me, have to spend money to come to Abuja to attend court proceeding that had been on since I was removed in 2010.”
He said despite all that happened, he is still a patriotic Nigerian, who believes in the fight against corruption of the current administration, stating that he is optimistic, that soon, the fight would extend to his case and he would be vindicated of the charges against him.
“To show that I am innocent, the congress of the NFF impeached me in July 2010 but they quickly retracted the impeachment by December of the same year after I took the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sports.
“I should be recalled as the NFF chairman after my impeachment was retracted but nothing of such was done but instead, the EFCC was invited to investigate me and the NFF did not come to my defence.
“I am battling bitterness with this development but I remained prayerful and patient because I know God will
vindicate me and I also believe that this present administration that doesn’t condone corruption will bring out the truth in my case” he said
Lulu however said he had put behind any ambition of returning as NFF President, either now or in the future, because he has nothing to go and pick in the Glass House but would rather concentrate on his Football Academy (Fosla) as a way of giving back to Nigeria.
Lulu established Fosla Football Academy in 2010/11 in Karshi a suburb of Abuja (to assist and develop talented indigent secondary school students) after leaving the NFF, where he served as chairman and later metamorphosed to President from 2006 to 2010.