By Ime Bassey
With the upholding of Dr. Amos Adamu’s ban by FIFA’s appeal committee, former commissioner of sports in Cross River State, Maurice Inok has said that it is a shame to Nigeria football as he would have requested for assistance from the presidency but could not because he had earlier accused the same government of interfering in football matters
The former commissioner who spoke to Sunday Vanguard Sports said that Dr. Adamu has rubbished his reputation as a sport administrator and is also endangering the chances of Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima clinching the CAF and FIFA Executive position.
“I think that Nigeria is fast becoming a nation of shameless people, because even if the people in government and sports echelon in Nigeria could not advise him to stop dragging our sporting name into the mud, he would have known that himself. The more this issue gets into the news everyday, the more shame it brings to us as a nation. This is a serious problem for our football.”
“Yes, we all know that he has served the country in various capacities even with issues, but all well meaning Nigerians should have risen to say enough is enough. By this, they have endangered Galadima’s chances because he would not have the time to lobby for his election in CAF, more so being seen with the eyes of this issue. This will make him handicapped which will cost us our position in CAF. Are we saying that one person is indispensable? If it is not Adamu, would there not be anyone else in the whole of the country?”
“It is also unfortunate that President Jonathan has not be briefed on this issue, because I believe that the President is watching all this. Adamu is a highly recognized person in the world of football; this matter should not have been kept away from the presidency. They have beaten the presidency to the extent that if they say anything FIFA will ban us, so with this he could not use the diplomacy of the presidency.
“This would have been the time he would have pacified FIFA with the Presidency and the Minister of Foreign Affairs. They couldn’t do anything for him as he has put them in a tight corner. He is paying the price of protracted shoving aside of government. It would made FIFA to soft_pedal.
He is paying the price of long number of wrongs done which has now rubbished his reputation as a sport administrator,”Inok said.
Commenting on the crisis rocking football and the way forward from the mess, he urged the minister of sports to call for a resolution which must be reached by all football stakeholders.
“My take on this is that, let the minister call everybody involved in sports to a round table where all decisions reached must be followed to the latter. This is what was supposed to have been done when the case filed by NANF was withdrawn from court but as they refused to even keep to the little agreement reached between them and NANF, NANF had to take the case back to court. What happens if they pull the rug out the feat of NFF now? Nigerian football would go further back I think it is a shame.”
“All the court cases and issues surrounding our football may crash now with this, but what pains me most is that the Sports Minister is acting like someone who is not living in the country. It may be that this is this reason why God brought him into office at a time like this, to try and straighten some of these issues, still he is acting like it is business as usual, when so much is wrong.”
“Everybody does not want to say anything for the fear of what only God knows and our football is going into shambles. Even the Attorney General does not want to act upon the case in court in other not to be seen as interfering in football matters,”he said.