Sports Minister Solomon Dalung has maintained that President Muhammadu Buhari will not disregard court rulings as it concerns the NFF leadership tussle.
The Department of State Security (DSS) re-instated the Amaju Pinnick led board back to the NFF office in Abuja on Monday after Chris Giwa had taken over the reins of the federation ten days ago following a Supreme Court ruling and orders of the Federal High Court in Jos on the Nigeria Football Federation on April 27, 2018.
Dalung described the action of the DSS as “an invasion” by security operatives of the Nigeria Football Federation offices.
In a statement signed by Dalung and made available to Completesportsnigeria.com Dalung insisted that nothing has changed.
“What happened in the NFF is security excesses, but it will be sorted out,” Dalung said.
“As far as I am concerned, nothing has changed. There is no development after the Supreme Court ruling of April 27, 2018 and the Federal High Court Order of 5th June 2018 because the court has not vacated the order,” the minister said.
“Those who are presently trying to instigate confusion, using the name of the President must be aware that the President cannot go against the rule of law.
“The order issued by the court has not been vacated and the President cannot vacate a court order because there are clear cut processes of doing that.”
“We want to assure Nigerians that Government is sorting out the grey areas but nobody should drag the name of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria into this.
“The President is an advocate of the rule of law and he cannot be associated with the security excesses of a breach of the rule of law.”
“The federal government is urging members of the public to remain calm as it is doing its best to resolve the crises in the Nigeria Football Federation.”
“The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has already initiated a process of trying to bring the stakeholders together, to work out a road map out of this quagmire.”
“The stakeholders’ meeting billed for Tuesday July 24, 2018 will still go ahead as planned.”