Factional president of the Nigeria Football Federation, Chris Giwa has dared world football governing body, FIFA to ban Nigeria as the leadership crisis in Nigeria escalates.
In a letter addressed to Amaju Pinnick – the other claimant to the position of the NFF president – FIFA had said in part that ‘In view of the above, the decision of the Federal High Court in Jos, if implemented, would likely be considered a5 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.’
But reacting to the letter on Tuesday, Giwa said the world football governing body has no right to ban Nigeria because the NFF is compliant to the laws of Nigeria.
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“If you check the latest letter they sent, there is a difference between it and the ones they sent in 2014,” he began. “There’s no threat in the latest letter they sent, they were tactical.
“And they cannot intimidate us with a ban, unless when we go out of the rules and we have not flouted. When you talk about going to (civil) courts, it is there in their statutes in article 1.1 and if they send anything to us, we will challenge it in the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS),” Giwa said defiantly.
Article 1.1 of the FIFA statutes says ‘The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is an association registered in the Commercial Register in accordance with art. 60 ff. of the Swiss Civil Code’, and article 1.1 of the NFF statutes 2010 states that the ‘Nigeria Football Federation is a private organization of an associative nature in compliance with the laws of Nigeria. It is formed for an unlimited period’.
As a result, Giwa is insisting that they haven’t flouted any rules, since the NFF is compliant to Nigerian laws and can sue and be sued in civil courts.