–Says it is the only way Nigerian football can move forward
A presidential candidate in the forthcoming elections into the board of the Nigeria Football Federation, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi, has called on football stakeholders to embrace peace.
The Osun State FA boss urged aggrieved parties still planning to stop the forthcoming elections on September 30 in Warri to forget the idea and follow the due process because of national interest.
The former international argued that it would be sad if in the process of seeking position into the executive body of the NFF, FIFA bans Nigeria due to the actions of some people in the football family.
Ogunjobi said; “We have to allow this electoral process work for so many reasons. The crisis over the weeks has been so unfortunate. Let us embrace peace and move on. After the Congress in Warri, there is a fresh process and I expect that interested and qualified people could key in.
“President Goodluck Jonathan has done so much for sports and he is also a lucky President. If the crisis lingers and a ban is imposed, it will affect all of us including the President.”
The former Secretary General noted that many countries look up to Nigeria to show good example in football administration.
“What do we gain from it if banned? The youths love the game and we should ensure they enjoy rather than make FIFA ban us. The current generation could be tagged as a failure.
“We all should work to avoid a ban. Even in politics, we can be fair. If we are not greedy with our position, there won’t be any problem. Nigeria is highly respected all over the world in football and that’s why many of us are so concerned with the turn of events.”