Sports Minister Solomon Dalung has insisted that Chris Giwa remains the president of the Nigeria Football Federation following a Supreme Court judgment made on April 27, 2018.
This comes despite a warning by Fifa President Gianni Infantino that Nigeria risked a ban as FIFA only recognises Amaju Pinnick as the president of the NFF, Vanguard writes.
“If any external body thinks that they can change the situation, then of course Nigeria will risk being banned as it has happened with other countries because we have processes that need to be respected,” Dalung said.
“It’s a very clearcut and simple case. We have made this very clear.”
“FIFA has not written me that they recognise one person over the other and you know government does not operate on rumour, government is administration.
“The leadership in NFF, I think is very categorical. The Federal High court in Jos has ruled orders. I, as a co-defendant, was served with the order, ordering me to recognise Giwa as the president.
“That is the order against me and I have done that, the order to the Inspector General of police is that he should go and put Giwa in office.
“The Attorney-General of the Federation has done his job. So we are living under the rule of law and we are following the rule.”
Pinnick who was at the World Cup in official capacity is being expected in the country this week.
It remains to be seen what steps he will take in light of the extraordinary circumstances at the Glass House.