BY JACOB AJOM
Former Nigeria international and one time Rivers State Commissioner for Justice, Adokiye Amiesimaka is sad over the numerous scandals that have rocked the image of the country.
The former Green Eagles winger spoke on the bribery allegation against Super Eagles Team B coach, Salisu Yusuf.
The coach was alleged to have received a $1000 ‘gift’ from an undercover Ghanaian reporter who posed as a players’ manager.
The ‘players’ manager paid the money with the intent of influencing the selection of his players for the CHAN campaign which held in Morocco. Yusuf has denied the money was meant to influence his team selection, as the players were already in the squad. He said the money was a ‘gift’. He also denied that the money was $1000. Instead, Yusuf admitted that the money was $700.
“If it is a bribery allegation then there must be an investigation. We need facts, not people’s opinions,” Amiesimaka said.
When told that the Disciplinary Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation was investigating the allegation, Adokiye said, “then the press must mount pressure on the NFF to release the result of the investigation. Whatever the NFF is doing about it should be done expeditiously.”
Adokiye was not encouraged by the general attitude of Nigerians, including the federal government, towards scandals. Hear him, “One does not expect much from the NFF because even the federal government has not done anything on the allegations against the Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun who was accused of using fake NYSC papers. So how do you expect the NFF to investigate allegations against one of its coaches.”
He said, “There is too much of nonchalance. We should learn to hold our leaders responsible because the power resides with us, the people.”