•Bio washes hands off Adamu, pledges non-interference
AS Nigerians come to terms with the vote for money scandal against FIFA and CAF Executive Committee member, Dr Amos Adamu, two prominent Nigerian football stakeholders, Anthony Kojo Williams and Adokiye Amiesimaka have asked the federal government to probe embattled Adamu.
Kojo Williams, a former Chairman of the Nigeria Football Association, NFA, who was impeached described the “Adamugate” as a serious indictment of Nigeria”. This is embarrassing. I think the Government should open all the papers on Adamu
Meanwhile, the minister of sports and chairman of the national sports commission, Ibrahim Isa Bio has refused comment on the Adamu saga claiming non-interference.
Asked if it was not too early knowing that investigations were on-going, Kojo retorted, “somebody who was caught on video and tape? Do you think this is Nigeria? There is no escape route. It is not Nigeria where he has silenced so many people with his money”.
Ex-international, Adokiye laughed when he spoke on our hotline. “Oyibo don catch am”, Adokiye still reeling in laughter said.
When he finally recovered himself, the Chief Justice said that there should be time to allow the appropriate quarters conduct investigation into the sordid scandal. “I think that we should allow time for them to conduct a thorough investigation
first. But we know his antecedents. He hosted several tournaments without rendering accounts. He used his position as Director General of the National Sports Commission to acquire international positions. And it is so glaring that he used his positions in CAF and FIFA to serve his selfish ends. It is so embarrassing to this country.
It is so sad coming at the heels of the drug shame by Nigerians at the just concluded Commonwealth Games in India. It is a shame that at every opportunity, Nigeria only excels in the negatives. Let us wait until after investi-gations”, Adokiye said.
Contacted on the ministers’s stand on the issue, Bio’s personal assistant Olukayode Thomas said, “what do you want from the minister. You want him to interfere?”
Thomas simply said his boss would not want to comment on the issue because of fear of interfering on what went on.
Said he, “Please, please, leave the minister alone. You know there has been too much talk about Bio interfering with the administration of football in this country. Let FIFA handle the matter the best way it can.”