By Jude Opara
The crisis rocking the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) took a dangerous twist yesterday when the faction led by Amb. Chris Giwa announced the termination of the appointment of Mohammed Sanusi as General Secretary.
A statement issued yesterday by Vicotr Iroele, the Personal Assistant to Giwa on Media further stated that the said termination letter has been communicated to the Minister of Youth and Sports, Barr. Solomon Dalung.
“Sanusi’s termination letter, which has been communicated to the Sports Minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung, was conveyed via reference number NFF/OGS/GEN/VOL.XIX/113,titled, TERMINATION OF APPOINTMENT AS GENERAL SECRETARY OF NIGERIA FOOTBALL FEDERATION.
“The letter reads in part: “ Following the enrolment Order 5,page 3 of the Order of the Federal High Court in Jos stating that , An Order Is Granted to 1st and 2nd Applicants setting aside all acts, resolutions and or decisions made or taken by the Executive Committee of the NFF purportedly elected on 30th September,2014,including the purported ‘ban’ of the Executive Committee elected on 26th August, 2014 from all football activities as illegal, ultra vires, unconstitutional and null and void, the Executive Committee has therefore decided to act in line with the ruling of the Court of competent jurisdiction as it affects the position of the General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation.”
“Sequel to this Order, Sanusi’s appointment as General Secretary falls within one of those ‘acts, resolutions and or decisions taken by the Executive Committee purportedly elected on 30thSeptember, 2014, and hence the need to dispense with his services.
“He has been directed to hand over all property and documents of the Nigeria Football Federation in his possession to the Head of Administration at the NFF Secretariat immediately.”
However, all efforts to reach the General Secretary of the NFF, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi as well as the Director of Communications, Ademola Olajire for their reaction proved abortive as their mobile phones were continuously switched off.