Nigeria escapes ban as FIFA confirms FG’s position

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President Buhari and FIFA boss Gianni Infantino

World football governing body, FIFA, has suspended its planned ban of  Nigeria from participating in its activities.

This was contained in a statement issued by FIFA on Thursday.

“FIFA received confirmations that the legitimate leadership of the NFF under President Amaju Melvin Pinnick and General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi has been given back effective control of the NFF and its offices.

“In view of these circumstances, FIFA deems that the conditions set by the decision of the Bureau of the FIFA Council have now been met and consequently the suspension of the NFF will not take effect,” the statement said.

FIFA also confirmed that it would continue to closely monitor the situation in order to ensure that FIFA’s rules and regulations are fully adhered to.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)  recalls that FIFA had on  Aug. 14  threatened to suspend Nigeria if its offices are not handed over back to the rightful executives by  12:00 (CET) on Monday.

NAN reports that the Glass House had been occupied recently at different times by both the Chris Giwa and Pinnick factions of the federation’s Congress.

This occupation has, however,  been with the aid of men of the Nigeria Police and the Department of State Services at such times.