Lulu applauds Infantino’s visit, wants end to NFF crisis
A former president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Alhaji Sani Lulu Abdullahi has commended the initiative of the leadership of the Federation to encourage the FIFA President Gianno Infantino and the Secretary General Ms Fatma Samba Samoura to visit the country at a time when the country’s football is in crisis.
Lulu who spoke in Abuja at the weekend, said the NFF should be bold enough to present to the FIFA president the true position of things in the country to facilitate easy reconciliation of the various football stakeholders that have been hurt in past.
He noted that if the FIFA executive members fail to use the opportunity of the visit to address the issues, the problem facing the country’s football will continue to linger.
Lulu also urged FIFA to address his case which has been on their table for the past six years.
“I filed a petition against FIFA and NFF in 2010 and was compelled to withdraw the case from CAS for proper reconciliation. The intervention was at the instance of CAF President Issa Hayatou, who I have a lot respect for.
“Yes, the NFF vacated my impeachment, but has refused to facilitate the withdrawal of the case from the court six years after. This does not augur well for our football. There are also other parties that are not happy with the Federation, and their cases should not be waved aside. If this is what the Federation would be able to achieve from this visit, it would go along way in ensuring the speedy development of the game in the country,” Lulu said.