The House of Representatives has urged the minister of Sports and Chairman of the National Sports Commission to resolve the crisis in the Nigeria Football Federation which led to its suspension by world football governing body, FIFA.
The Aminu Tambuwal led House of representatives, on Wednesday, specifically told the minister and the Director General of the NSC, Gbenga Elegbeleye to meet with those involved in the dispute to save Nigeria from further sanctions by FIFA.
Mr Muhammad Ali-Wudil, a lawmaker from Kano State, who raised the issue during plenary, asked the House to urge the Minister of Sports and the DG, National Sports Commission, to as a matter of urgency, summon all the parties involved with a view to resolving the matter to avoid the suspension lingering.
Ali-Wudil recalled that FIFA had extended the earlier deadline of July 15 to July 17 to give Nigeria more time to reverse the court judgement that sacked the Aminu Maigari-led board of the NFF.
With just 24 hours to the expiration of the deadline, the House expressed hope that inviting the parties to iron out their differences could possibly lead to the withdrawal of court cases already filed by some of them.
Ali-Wudil’s motion read: “The House regrets that the decision, if not reversed, will mean that no teams or club sides from Nigeria can have any international sporting contact with teams or club sides from any other country.
“The House is worried that the suspension will deprive Nigeria of representation in any regional, continental or international competitions.
“Aware that the immediate result of the suspension is that Nigeria will no longer participate in the upcoming FIFA U-20 Women World Cup coming up in Canada between August 5 and 24 if the suspension order is not lifted by July 17.
“The House is also worried that neither the NFF nor any of its members or officials will benefit from any FIFA or Confederation of African Football development programmes, including courses and training programmes during the the period of the suspension”.
The lawmakers are concerned about the adverse effects the suspension could have on the careers of Nigerian footballers and the consequent loss by the nation generally.
FIFA had suspended Nigeria from football activities on July 9, for what the World Football governing body termed as government’s interference in the affairs of the NFF