Immediate past Chairman of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA), Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima, has reacted angrily to reports linking him to Mondayâ€™s planned protests against the NFF leadership, saying he has no part to play in the protest.
Speaking from Saudi Arabia, where he is presently on lesser hajj, Galadima said his only idea of the protest was a text message sent to him few days before he travelled by the leader of the protesters and former Green Eagles captain, Chief Segun Odegbami.
â€œAs Iâ€™m talking to you now Iâ€™m in Saudi Arabia and could not have been here and also in Abuja protesting. For the past ten days I have been in Dubai and now Saudi Arabia and I donâ€™t want to be associated with a protest I know nothing aboutâ€, he said.
He declared that as a matter of fact he might not have approved of the sweeping changes made in the statutes of the NFF by the Abdulahi Lulu-led NFF leadership, but noted that there are very civil ways to go about it.
â€œThe NFA or NFF belongs to the Nigerian people first before FIFA, and so if the people desire to remove the leadership, it requires no protesters to do so. There are laid down procedures of carrying out changes and I must advise Odegbami and Co to follow the processes.
Galadima called on well-meaning football personalities to meet and take the best possible decision that will move Nigerian football forward. I sense a sort of desperation by those who want to march in Abuja, we donâ€™t need that to get a new leadership at the NFA.â€