Sunday Dare, minister of youth and sports development, says he will not interfere in the ongoing corruption probe being carried out on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
In a meeting with NFF’s fifteen executive members, Dare asked them to clean up its acts in order to reposition the country’s sports.
“The executive board (of NFF) should learn to do things differently, the Minister will not interfere with EFCC or ICPC since it is important to allow these organizations follow their own due processes,” Dare said.
“We must allow them to do their work.”
In his first meeting with the entire membership of the board of the NFF, he pointed out that the perception of corruption is hurting the sport.
The minister pointed out that the federation must chart a new course in conducting its affairs transparently.
“The perception is that the NFF is corrupt. The perception is that of unseriousness; this perception is hurting the sport.
“We need to reset the perception, the charge of corruption and other negative things can be turned around by embracing transparency.”
Following the probe, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) placed the Lagos and Abuja residences of Amaju Pinnick and Shehu Dikko, president and 2nd Vice President of NFF under investigation.
NFF officials have however denied being corrupt in the past with Pinnick once saying the investigation made them “feel unsafe”.