President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration will pay keen interest to accountability and transparency in order to fast-track football development in the country.
The President said this at a meeting with FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, and the Secretary-General, Fatma Samoura, at the State House.
For about an hour, both men rubbed minds on how to develop the game of football in the country.
Mr Infantino also met with the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and members of the National Assembly and also highlighted the need for football development on the continent.
The Senate President assured the FIFA delegation of the support of the National Assembly. He, however, appealed to the Nigerian Football Federation to put its house in order.
Gianni Infantino was led to the Presidential Villa by the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr Amaju Pinnick as part of Infantino’s two-day official visit to Nigeria.
He was in company of FIFA Secretary-General, Fatma Samoura, the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung and executive board members of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
In a press conference afterwards, the FIFA President said that Nigeria should be a model for the rest of the world in football development.
He said that the football federation needs to work with relevant authorities in order to achieve its goals.
The FIFA President said that his visit to Nigeria has given him a chance to meet with 18 presidents of African football associations who converged on Abuja to meet with him on how to develop football in Africa.
The 40-year-old assured Nigerians of his support for the growth and development of the round leather game in Nigeria.
The NFF Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi, has described the visit of the FIFA President, which is also his first in Africa as an epoch event.
He says it also shows the hard work the NFF has put in place in developing football especially at grassroots level.