World football governing body FIFA, has criticized the move, which saw Alhaji Aminu Maigari finally ousted as NFF chairman and claimed that it represents outside interference.
FIFA has always maintained that the every country’s football associations must be independent bodies, without influence from third parties.
Maigari’s removal was endorsed by the Extra-Ordinary General Assembly of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), which took place at the Bolingo Hotels and Towers in Abuja on Saturday. The NFF boss had been sacked by a Plateau Court last week, along with members of his Executive Committee.
“FIFA has sent a letter to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) expressing its great concern over different actions taken by Nigerian public authorities that affect the NFF,” its statement read.
“FIFA has learnt from various sources that the NFF has been served with court processes and that consequently an order restraining the President of the NFF, his executive committee members and the NFF congress from running the affairs of Nigerian football has been granted by a High Court of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“FIFA has also taken note of the detention of NFF President Aminu Maigari, carried out by representatives of the department of the State Security Service. Furthermore, FIFA is also aware that the Minister of Sport has appointed an assistant director to take charge of the NFF.
“FIFA has reminded the NFF that all FIFA member associations have to manage their affairs independently and without influence of any third parties.
“The NFF has been asked to relay FIFA’s position to the relevant authorities and inform them that if the aforementioned NFF officials are not fully reinstated by Tuesday 8 July 2014 the case will be referred to the appropriate FIFA bodies for sanctions, including the potential suspension of the NFF.
“FIFA will not recognize any person or organ not elected in compliance with the NFF statutes… and therefore it will not consider the appointment made by the minister of sports. An elective congress has been duly convened by the NFF for 26 August 2014 and only decisions and persons elected then will be considered legitimate.”
However, the Minister of Sports Tammy Danagogo has stood up in defence of government’s actions saying, “we will do our best to make FIFA know that there has been no government interference. We have no such intention.
“And I can assure you that we will not interfere beyond doing what is legally required by Fifa rules, and that we will ensure that there is a peaceful atmosphere.”