No bad blood: Maigari says he “wishes Nigeria football well”

by ‘Ifreke Inyang

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Alhaji Aminu Maigari, who was this week impeached as the president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has said he will not contest his removal and he wishes Nigeria football well.

Maigari was initially sacked by a court ruling, an action that saw FIFA suspend Nigeria from international football for government interference. However, this week, the NFF’s executive committee moved a motion that saw his impeached.

The embattled football administrator refused to be drawn into any further discussion about the saga.

“I don’t have anything to say about the impeachment. I can only wish Nigeria football well,” Maigari said.

He also declined to speak about Chris Green and Emeka Inyama, who are reported to have been behind his impeachment last Thursday.

“No no please don’t trick me into saying something. I have nothing to say for now,” Maigari responded amidst laughter.

Eight members of the 13-man executive committee voted Maigari out, after they convened to review Nigeria’s performance at the 2014 World Cup.

Their statement afterwards read: “After thorough and exhaustive deliberations on the uncalled-for secrecy surrounding all financial dealings of the Federation and failure to call meeting of the Executive Committee for the past eight months, during which so many weighty decisions on Nigeria football had been taken by a small cabal within the Board, the Executive Committee passed a vote of no confidence on the NFF President, Aminu Maigari.”

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