FG backs Pinnick for FIFA Council seat

Published March 5, 2021

Ebenezer Bajela

The Federal Government has declared its backing for Nigeria Football Federation president , Amaju Pinnick ’s quest to be a member of the FIFA Council, saying that a victory for him would benefit not just Nigeria but Africa as a continent .
Speaking on behalf of the Minister of Youth and Sports Development at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday , the Permanent Secretary , Engineer Nebolisa Anako, said the ministry was ready to support Pinnick in his bid to win a seat on the FIFA Council – the highest decision- making organ in world football – at next week ’ s Confederation of African Football elections in Rabat , Morocco .
Anako added that Pinnick ’ s victory would further reposition Nigeria in the global football map, while also indicating that his triumph would follow in the steps of compatriots Dr Akinwunmi Adesina , who was re -elected as President of the Africa Development Bank and Dr Ngozi Okonjo -Iweala , who recently became the first female / first African Director -General of the World Trade Organisation .
“ If the NFF president wins the position , it would not be a victory for the Federal Government and all Nigerians alone, but the African continent . He would be a great ambassador of our great country if elected into the FIFA Council . As a member of the CAF Executive Committee , Pinnick is aware of the task ahead and the Federal Government ’s support to the actualisation of his dream ,” Anako said.
“ On behalf of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria , Muhammadu Buhari GCFR , and all Nigerians , we hereby pledge our unflinching support to Mr Pinnick because his victory would be our collective victory .
“ Mr Dare believes Amaju can use his position and connections in CAF and FIFA to help promote and develop Nigeria and African football in all ramifications . Let us be resolute and firm in our support …This is no time to stand on the fence, but to be partakers in the scheme of things . ”
NFF ’ s 2 nd vice president , Shehu Dikko , who represented Pinnick at the conference, said, “ As a FIFA Council Member , Pinnick will also be automatically a member of the CAF Executive Committee , which gives Nigeria a voice at both global and continental levels . This is not a Pinnick project , but a Nigeria project . If countries like Guinea and Madagascar can have people in the FIFA Council , there is no reason why a big football -playing nation like Nigeria should not .”

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