Magazine article New African

Cleaning the Stables of Nigerian Football

Magazine article New African

Cleaning the Stables of Nigerian Football

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Believe it or not, it has been over 13 months since the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), with Sani Lulu as its president, has been unable to explain how $236,000--inexplicably kept in an office safe, rather than in a lank account--was stolen from its headquarters in March 2009.

Regular readers of New African will recall my two-page report on the shocking theft in the June 2009 issue.

Up till the time of writing this, none has been found guilty of stealing he money and the officials under whose watch the unpardonable theft took place continue to wax strong in the corridors of power. They will unashamedly seek another term in office in August, when their four-year tenure runs out.

With the exception of a few crusading journalists and other concerned personalities in the Nigerian football community, this matter of great importance--which goes to the root of the issue of probity amongst the country's football officials--has been conveniently forgotten, with the Super Eagles' impending appearance (or humiliation?) at the World Cup finals being a good source of distraction and worry.

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I am not accusing Sani Lulu or Bolaji Ojo-Oba, the NFF's general secretary, of trousering the loot (my publisher would ask for my head on a silver platter, should I accuse the pair without cast-iron proof). …

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