Nigeria football is in danger following a letter from the world football governing body,FIFA on Monday that the country risk being suspended if the crisis rocking the Nigeria Football Federation is not resolved as soon as possible.
FIFA made a firm declaration on Monday in a letter sent to Amaju Pinnick whose place in the Glass House is under threat following a ruling by a Jos High Court last week.
Here is the full text of the letter from FIFA warning Nigeria of a possible ban.
THE FULL LETTER
Mr Amaju Melvin Pinnick President
Nigeria Football Federation (NFF)
Zurich, 11 April 2016 ASG/pco
Verdict of the Jos Federal High Court
We acknowledge receipt of your correspondence dated 8 April 2016 with regard to the ruling of the Federal High Court in Jos which apparently nullified the elections of 30 September 2014 of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF).
In this respect, and first of all, we would like to remind you that according to articles 13 and 17 of the FIFA Statutes, all members associations have to manage their affairs independently and with no influence from third parties. In addition and according to article 68 of the FIFA Statutes, recourse to ordinary courts of law is prohibited unless specifically provided for in the FIFA regulations. Furthermore, it is the duty of each member association to ensure that these provisions are implemented by its members and possibly take sanctions against those which fail to respect these obligations .
In view of the above, the decision of the Federal High Court in Jos, if implemented, would likely be considered as an interference in the internal affairs of the NFF and the case would be brought to the highest authorities of FIFA for consideration of sanctions, including the suspension of the NFF.
Lastly, we would like to stress that the plaintiff in question already filed an appeal in relation to the same matter with the highest judicial sport authorities, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), and that said appeal was dismissed by the CAS on 18 May 2015.
We thank you for taking note of the above and kindly ask you to keep us informed of any development.
Yours sincerely, FIFA
Acting Secretary General