By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria -The Arewa Youth Assembly, (AYA), has described as bad job the attempt to malign and denigrate the President of Nigeria Football Federation, (NFF), Amaju Pinnick.
The group also described the reports by Chief Okoi Obono-Obla as largely untrue; but some outright fabrication of falsehood with intent to provoke ill-feelings and promote crisis in NFF.
This is contained in a statement signed by AYA’s Speaker, Mohammed Danlami, and made available to newsmen in Kaduna on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.
AYA stated further that its curiosity was ignited by the reports on the media against Amaju Pinnick for cross misconduct and abuse of his status concerning $8.4m FIFA’s grants and N4bn purportedly moved out of NFF account without consent of the football federation.
The statement reads: “This attempt to malign, insult and denigrate the office of NFF president and drag him into disrepute with a view to aiding some masquerades somewhere to score cheap points is a bad job.
“It would have been unnecessary for AYA to dignify the tissues of lies, deliberate falsehood and nondescript narratives dished out by those behind these issues, but for the interest of the same readers whose sensibilities may have been ruffled by that obvious waste of resources in the form of a paid advertorial.
“Amaju Pinnick is not a signatory or in control of NFF account.
“The role are exclusively reserved and performed by Directors and personnel appointed by FGN from the offices of the Accountant-General of the Federation and Auditor-General of the Federation.
“NFF under Pinnick has since 2014, kept true financial records of NFF funds as audited by its external auditors PwC and published in newspaper.
“To be candid, we don’t support corruption, any form of embezzlement of public fund or disorder.
“It is a pity that a few disgruntled people in this jet age when information is let out at the speed of lightening will sit in the comfort of their home to concoct and fabricate bare faced lies just to discredit a man who has worked and still working tirelessly in the interest of the country.
“No amount of distraction by the incessant accusation of tribalism can deter Amaju Pinnick from performing his constitutional role as the current NFF President, he has exhibited competence and character by placing Nigeria on the world map of sports development.”