The Federal Government on Monday announced its recognition of the Amaju Pinnick-led executive as the bona fide leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
This was confirmed in a tweet by Laolu Akande, Special Assistant to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, just before the 12 p.m. deadline given by FIFA for the resolution of the leadership tussle in the Nigerian football governing body.
According to Akande, the government had already informed FIFA of the decision.
“The FG has already conveyed to FIFA its firm position recognizing Amaju Pinnick-led NFF as the current & only NFF Exco.
“Govt will also continue to work with all relevant stakeholders involved to resolve dispute in a timely manner.
“FG is upholding NFF treaty obligations to FIFA,” Akande tweeted.
World football governing body FIFA had on Tuesday said it would ban Nigeria from football activities if they failed to comply with its instructions by Monday at noon (CET).
FIFA, in a statement by its Media Office, said it had been notified about ongoings in the NFF, and it viewed them as “undue interference in their affairs’’.
It said Nigeria must ensure the NFF offices in Abuja were occupied by the Amaju Pinnick faction of the federation’s Congress by Monday or face dire consequences.