Amaju and future of Nigerian football



Pinnick and Rohr


Since the exits of Sani Lulu and Aminu Maigari as past presidents of Nigeria federation respectively, the country’s has been battling against a myriad of self induced problems hinged on self-aggrandizement, blatant blackmailing and mindlessly destructive agitations from several assumed stakeholders in the fortunes of the country’s .

The current leadership of Nigeria Federation led by Melvin Amaju Pinnick has been the worst hit due to barrages of yet unverified accusations of maladministration and charges against his NFF board. 

The several cases that heralded his first tenure as NFF’s have not abated a bit. However, like the proverbial phoenix, the board trudges on, doggedly, determined and seemingly unperturbed. Wrongfully, many have assumed the confident mien Amaju Pinnick to be arrogant and snobbish.

As a journalist and of course, a stakeholder in the fortunes of Nigerian , I will admonish concerned loving Nigerians not to judge a book by its cover.

Recent investigations and happenstances in Nigerian shows that Amaju Pinnick is not a saint and neither is he the devil in Nigerian .

Who are the devils killing our football? Look no further than the armchair critics who see nothing good in anything. Check the self-appointed watchdogs of Nigerian football and their selfish agendas to destroy whatever they cannot grab.

I won’t attempt to recall the modest strides achieved by this present NFF board. Despite the avalanche of facing this board, particularly, on , Amaju and his team including Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, Mallam Shehu Dikko, Otunba Tade Azeez and others have remained resolute in taking Nigerian football to greater heights.

Yes, don’t ask me about the standard and quality of Nigerian league. Negativity and unpatriotism have become the bane of Nigeria’s football development.

Most times, valiant and laudable efforts by the LMC to get the necessary corporate and financial support for the Nigerian leagues have hit the brick walls because of the bland, mindless and unnecessary cases against the NFF and its league body.

Truly, we all are the losers. Nigerian football development, the genuine stakeholders; investors and players. We are quick to lay blames at the footsteps of Nigerian leaders. How much damage did we know we have unwittingly done to our football by our unguarded, unpatriotic remarks and blanket accusations of against the NFF.


Many who knew me personally wouldn’t be surprised by this tirade against the nefarism, mindless wickedness and the pull him down syndrome (PhD), that have become the agelong albatross of Nigerian football administrators in their bids to develop Nigerian football.

Moving forward, Pinnick’s recent move to join the prestigious FIFA Council, is a clear indication that he is desirous of a better and greater Nigerian football. Recalled how he masterminded the appointments of several Nigerians into plum positions during his brief, but eventful stay in .

Amaju Melvin Pinnick’s new move have equally been described by football aficionados and genuinely concerned stakeholders, as a way forward for Nigerian football. This is a Nigerian project. 

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