Lagos - The Minister for Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon
Dalung has said that the Ministry will not accept any action that will threaten
the peace of the country.
Barrister Dalung made the statement through his Special
Adviser on media, Nneka Anibeze, in the wake of a Federal High court ruling in
Jos which nullified the election of the current executive of the Nigeria
He said sports loving Nigerians and the football family were
thrown into a state of confusion following the ruling which sparked off the
current leadership crisis in the NFF that also led to different press
statements from both camps laying claim to the leadership of the federation.
The Minister warned that both parties must be guided by the
rule of law.
"This current administration believes in the rule of
law and all of our actions must be guided by the provisions of the law.
Therefore, anything that suggests the contrary will not be in the interest of
Barrister Dalung however stated that the Amaju -led board
had a thirty-day right of appeal.
"The decision of the court will only take effect if the
right to appeal expires and the Amaju-led board fails to exercise its right .
It will be out of place for any group of persons who have enjoyed the
protection of the law by going to court to exercise their rights to now turn
round and want to deny the other party of their own right".
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This development, Barrister Dalung said, has been a source
of great concern to sports loving Nigerians.
"The announcement of the dissolution of standing
committees and appointments by the Giwa led executive, even when the Amaju -led
board has indicated their right of appeal, cannot promote stability in
football. I am therefore calling on all parties to the dispute to maintain
peace and respect the rule of law. By this token, the judicial process must be
allowed to run its full course, unless and until any of the parties wishes the
Barrister Dalung warned that the Ministry will not allow
threats to the peace of the country.
As a supervising Ministry, we are committed to maintaining
law and order and will not accommodate threats to the peace of sports and the
country. The interest of the nation supersedes any other interest" the
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