ENITAN OBADINA / AIPS in ABUJA: The Nigeria Football Federation has sacked president Aminu Maigari after he was notified of impending impeachment for misuse of funds.
This latest blow followed reports of a matchfixing approach, Nigeria’s second-round exit at the World Cup then the NFF’s brief suspension by world federation FIFA after a government attempt to sack the national association’s entire executive committee.
A statement from the executive committee meeting said that “after thorough and exhaustive deliberations” on the secretive nature of the federation’s financial dealings and a “failure to call a meeting of the executive committee for the past eight months” during which time many important decision were made, the board had passed a vote of no-confidence on Maigari.
It therefore approved his immediate dismissal from the NFF executive committee on grounds of financial misappropriation, misapplication and maladministration.
Chief Mike Okeke Umeh will preside over the affairs of the federation pending the composition of the new NFF executive committee after the elections on August 26.
An emergency congress of the Nigeria Football Federation will be convened in the federal capital, Abuja, next Thursday, to ratify the impeachment of Maigari.
The motion to dismiss Maigari was moved by Shehu Adamu a member of the executive committee and seconded by Deji Tinubu.
Until his promotion to the role of acting president, Mike Umeh was the first vice president of the federation.
The communique signed by the Alh. Muazu Suleyman, chairman of the communique drafting committee, said: “After thorough and exhaustive deliberations on the uncalled-for secrecy surrounding all financial dealings of the Federation and failure to call meeting of the executive committee for the past eight months, during which so many weighty decisions on Nigeria football had been taken by a small cabal within the board, the executive committee passed a vote of no confidence on the NFF president, Alhaji Aminu Maigari.
“ In view of the above, the Committee approved the immediate dismissal of Alhaji Aminu Maigari, from the NFF Executive Committee on grounds of financial misappropriation, misapplication and maladministration”.