*Says Adamu should drop his Appeal
By Philips Adefioye
The bribery allegation levelled against the president of the Confederation of Africa Football, CAF, Alhaji Issa Hayatou by the BBC programme Panorama has been described as a big embarrassment to the continent.
Former president of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN, Mr. Dan Ngerem who described the allegation as unfortunate said that if people cast their minds back to the Salt Lake Winter Olympic Games scandal a couple of years ago involving the International Olympic Committee, IOC, it was predominantly people of Africa that were involved.
“It is unfortunate that this is what is happening to people of Africa in an international committee. It is an embarrassment to the continent and to us as a people. CAF president, Issa Hayatou who was mentioned is a member of the IOC that is why it is getting involved.
The IOC is saying that unlike FIFA, they have zero tolerance for corruption, it doesn’t matter what FIFA was saying about the alleged bribery involving some of its members. IOC is saying that it would go ahead and investigate this scandal. Don’t forget that IOC has more experience in terms of ethics with the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics scandal.
“Issa Hayatou said he is not guilty. I keep saying at any level where you are representing your country, your people or yourself, you must be above suspicion. Is Hayatou the only one in FIFA that they are pointing fingers at him? He should have avoided circumstances that would warrant an institution like the BBC saying he is corrupt.
“I don’t care whether they were set up or not, why is that only blacks are predominantly involved in this mess? This is an opportunity for the government and sports ministries in the continent to also get involved and ensure that only people of high integrity are nominated to represent their countries,” he said.
Concerning Nigeria’s disgraced CAF and FIFA Executive Committee member, Dr. Amos Adamu, the former vice chairman of the Foundation of Africa Athletics figured out that he should forget filing his appeal because the Sunday Times and BBC may have more light to shed on the allegation if he persists.
“Adamu should cease the fight and keep it for another day. You can see the circumstances, that tape was not manufactured except he wants tell us he wasn’t the one on that tape.
He needs to factor out the fact that for me and you as Nigerians, so long the appeal is on, it is not only Adamu that is being messed up but it is our names that are bastardized everyday,” Ngerem said.