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Sports editors wade into Nigeria football crisis

27 August 2014, 19:30Israel Ojoko

Lagos - The Guild Of Sports Editors has reiterated the need for government at the highest level to take action on the ‘shameful happenings’ in football management in the country.

The group views with serious concern, the way and manner Nigerian football has been riddled with crisis of recent, which has put the country in international odium.

“We view this issues as very unfortunate and want to ask those concerned to put an immediate stop to it, especially as we hear that these issues are being orchestrated by some high powers in the Sports sector.”

“Haven taking a serious look at the issues we have no option but to call on President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to use his good offices to call all his sports officers to order in the larger interest of the Nigerian people. Because his government has been an achieving government in the area of sports and we cannot allow unbridled personal interest and ambition to ruin his achievement in sports.”

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The statement jointly signed by President Tony Ubani and Secretary General, Dare Esan, says Nigeria has received enough insult from the international community and the idea of causing crisis after every World Cup year in Nigeria must stop forthwith.

“We want to advise that the purported election of some officials recently cannot hold water because the congress held elsewhere and we cannot continue to use the apparatus of government to intimidate the very persons it is meant to protect. We therefore call on President Goodluck Jonathan to throw the field open for all eligible candidates to contest the forthcoming elections as that is the standard international practice. Anything short will be unacceptable to the generality of Nigerians”, the statement declared.

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