Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, has insisted on his stance in the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) crisis, stating that the Supreme Court ruling stands.
Dalung said in a statement on Monday, that the status quo remains, despite the invasion of the Glass House by security operatives and the return of the Amaju Pinnick led – board to the NFF secretariat .
President Muhammadu Buhari is believed to have instructed the action in the early hours of Monday.
“As far as I am concerned, nothing has changed. There is no other development after the Supreme Court ruling of April 27, 2018 and the Federal High Court Order of 5th June 2018 because the court has not vacated the order,” he said.
“Those who are presently trying to instigate confusion, using the name of the President must be aware that the President cannot go against the rule of law. The Order issued by the court has not been vacated and the President cannot vacate a court order because there are clear cut processes of doing that.
“What happened in the NFF on Monday was security excesses but it will be sorted out. The Federal government is urging members of the public to remain calm as it is doing its best to resolve the crises in the Nigeria Football Federation.
“The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has already initiated a process of trying to bring the stakeholders together, to work out a roadmap out of this quagmire. The Stakeholders’ meeting billed for Tuesday, July 24, 2018, will still go ahead as planned.
“We want to assure Nigerians that Government is sorting out the grey areas but nobody should drag the name of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria into this. The President is an advocate of the Rule of Law and he cannot be associated with the security excesses of a breach of the Rule of Law.”
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