The presidency appears to be resolute on its decision to withdraw the Super Eagles from all FIFA organised competitions despite a 48-hour ultimatum given the country by the world football governing body to rescind the decision.
FIFA through its secretary-general, Jerome Valcke who spoke on South African TalkRadio 702 yesterday morning said Nigeria should reverse the ban or risk a ban.
â€œNigeriaâ€™s government has 48 hours to reverse their decision,â€ said Valcke.
However, a presidency source said yesterday that the government will not reverse the decision irrespective of what FIFA says because the ban was in the best interest of the country.
â€œMr President will not rescind the decision because itâ€™s the best decision for football development in Nigeria,â€ a presidency source said, adding that â€œMr President and his team had weighed the consequences of this decision and arrived at this decision as in the interest of the nation. We need to restructure and re-organise our football for effective and commendable results.â€
Also reacting on the FIFA ultimatum, sports minister, Alhaji Ibrahim Bio defended the countryâ€™s position, insisting the country must defend its national interests.
FIFA spokesman, Nicolas Maingot also speaking on the ultimatum said that the world body send a letter to the Nigeria Football Association, NFA to inform it of the order of FIFA to the government
â€œFIFA will today (Friday) send a letter to the Nigerian football federation indicating that the government of Nigeria has until Monday 6 p.m. to cancel its decision to withdraw Nigeriaâ€™s participation in all FIFA and CAF organised football competitions,â€ Maingot told a news briefing on yesterday.
Apart from the Eagles ban, the government Thursday set up an 11-man caretaker committee to re-structure football in the country. The committee heaed by one time secretary general of the NFA, Kadiri Momodu will be inaugurated on Monday.