The president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick has bowed to public pressure and will leave his post as president of the football house.
Pinnick said last year that he is open to the idea of staying on as NFF president when his tenure expires in September saying per the status of the football body he is eligible for a third time.
However, following the failure of Nigeria to qualify for the world cup in Qatar after the 1-1 draw against Ghana in Abuja, he has now decided to make a u-turn claiming his family isn’t in support of his desire to seek a third term in office.
“I am eligible to run according based on the status. Do I want to run ?, It’s a no no, my family is very key to me, they said it’s taking a toll on me and the family.
“They believed that I’ve done my best and it’s time to move on. It’s a regrettable decision, but it’s the best”, he told Arise TV.
Dr Tijani Yusuff, former Secretary General of the then Nigeria Football Association (NFA), recently called for the resignation of the 51-year-old Delta born.
In an exclusive interview with Daily Trust, the university don said “This is the time for the government to step in. In a normal situation, the first person who should have tendered his resignation honourably is the NFF president.
“If it were in other climes, Pinnick should have resigned immediately. But in Nigeria, people don’t resign; they are pushed out by force. I expect him to resign together with his board members. He has done his best but it is not good enough so let him resign immediately.”
Source : Owngoal x Daily Trust.