‘Giwa, How Far Na?’ How Twitter React To Factional President’s Eviction From Glass House

Presidency reportedly ordered Giwa ejection, paving the way for Pinnick-led NFF to resume to their base

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Chris Giwa shown the way out of the glass house | Goal

As news filtered in Monday morning that the Department of State Services (DSS), acting on ‘order from above’ sent Chris Giwa-led Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) board out of the glass house, Nigerians have taken the news with cheers and jeers.

Giwa, factional president of Nigeria’s football governing body, NFF, has occupied the organization’s secretariat since July 2, while Amaju Pinnick, CAF First Vice-President has been in absential owing to FIFA and CAF duties.

Both men have been locked in NFF leadership tussle since 2014.

World soccer governing body, FIFA, threatened to ban Nigeria if they fail to resolve the crisis. In the same vein, top sponsor of the NFF, Aiteo, warned they’d withdraw their sponsorship.

A sigh of relief seem to have been heaved as the State Security Service swung into action and expelled Chris Giwa and loyalists from the NFF secretariat this morning.

Here’s how sport loving Nigerians react on social media (Twitter):

Muhammed Sanusi, General-Secretary of the federation has already resumed to his office. Nigeria football helmsman, as recognised globally, Pinnick comes in today.

PINNICK GRATEFUL TO BUHARI

Meanwhile, Pinnick has expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for his intervention in the dispute.

Pinnick says thank you to President Buhari | Football Live Nigeria

Speaking on arrival from Morocco, where he addressed a CAF Conference, Pinnick notes: “We must give all the credit to our President, Muhammadu Buhari, for acting to restore the leadership of the federation and saving the nation the embarrassment.”

He continues:

“Even as the situation persisted, I was very positive about his patriotic commitment to the best interest of the nation and his clarity of judgment to bring order to bear. It is said that the sheep cannot be suffering the pangs of birth tied to the stake while elders are around. He has demonstrated this fatherliness in so many ways across various sectors and now football is the latest beneficiary. We thank God for his life and for giving him to us.

“By his intervention, the nation has been saved the embarrassment, the world football community has been reassured of the high sense of responsibility of the government of Nigeria as a member of the international community and hope is brought back to thousands of Nigeria youths engaged in football as the various national teams can proceed on their various programmes without apprehension, the various leagues which were stopped under the circumstance can now get back to action while the confidence of the various sponsors, partners and investors in Nigeria football has been restored.”

NO VICTOR, NO VANQUISHED

However, Pinnick insists there are no winners nor losers in the (temporary) resolution of the crisis.

“Football is about people, about unity. The game belongs to the fans and the pride belongs to the nation.

“The people are deprived when football is inhibited but with the action of the President, Nigerians can now enjoy what they love most,” the 45 year old submits.

 

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