The Nigerian government has warned the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to shelve all plans for elections into the next board and concentrate on the forthcoming FIFA World Cup in Russia. NAN reports Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung gave the warning in Port Harcourt, the Rivers capital. The Minister noted that the Federal Government had invested so much towards qualifying and achieving a respectable World Cup result, stressing that a call for purchase of forms and setting up of an electoral committee at this time was a distraction to Nigerians and Super Eagles preparation. Dalung called the attention of the Federation to the Supreme Court’s verdict and warned that calling for elections without legal advice from the Attorney General will further generate confusion and distraction. He said:
“The NFF should put everything concerning elections and electoral committees on hold and concentrate on the World Cuppreparation which is more important to the passion of the country.
“The country has invested so much right from the campaign for a ticket till date so we cannot afford any distractions in the name of elections.
“The World Cup and elections cannot be pursued concurrently therefore all issues on the next elections into the NFF board should be suspended pending the outcome of legal advice from the Attorney- General on the decision of the Supreme Court on the current crises in the Federation.”
The Super Eagles kick off their World Cup campaign against Croatia on June 16, 2018 in Kaliningrad.
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