Pinnick $8.4m Allegation False – Group
A group, Arewa Youth Assembly, has dismissed the allegation of $8.4m FIFA grant and N4bn allegedly move out of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) account by the President, Amaju Pinnick, saying it’s falsehood.
The group in a statement by its Speaker, Mohammed Salihu Danlami, said, their curiosity had been ignited by reports on media against the person of Amaju Pinnick for gross misconduct and abuse of his status about $8.4m FIFA grant and N4bn moved out of NFF account without the consent of the football federation.
“Our studied decision found this report of Chief Okoi Obono-Obla to be largely untrue, some outright fabrication of falsehood intended to provoke greater depth of ill feelings and promote crisis in NFF.
“These tantrums and diatribe against pinnick’s rising leadership profile are the handiwork of known enemies of NFF.
“To be candid, we don’t support corruption, any form of embezzlement of public fund or disorder. In spite of the collective resolve to battle corruption, every accused person is innocent before the law until proven otherwise and, Amaju should be treated with the same guiding principle.” He said.
According to the group, “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 face lies just to discredit a man who has worked tirelessly and is still working in the interest of the country.
“Arewa Youth Assembly is indeed gladdened that this same people and their sponsors of the blackmail, published and circulated in various newspapers, personal vendetta and cacophony of discordant notes in the name of corruption will not stand.
“No amount of distraction by the incessant accusation of tribalism can deter Amaju Pinnick from performing his constitutional role as the current serving NFF president, he has exhibited competence and character by place Nigeria on the world map of sport development.
“It is pitiable the people who have never held positions of responsibility cast aspersions on leaders addressing them in all kinds of derogatory terms.
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.”
“Amaju pinnick’s uncommon commitments mark him out as a purposeful leader. A visionary man reckoned with by all and various sport lover.
“Amaju pinnick’s leadership has restored confidence, love and hope in the sport industry. The discipline, orientation, development, unity, closeness, love, togetherness and lots more that pinnick initiated, built and put in place are what they want to banish. And the best way to succeed is to follow the footsteps of an achiever.
“Building a team/organization requires leaders to be knowledgeable as well as liberal, accommodating and inspiring. They should understand the nature of productive teamwork and feel a passion for creating it with love, empathy, hope, prayer, goodwill and consultation. But showing envy, hatred, enmity and segregation are not the way out and the forward.
“Let revisit the pages of our mind, the accolades are coming in torrents and a lot of Nigerians were celebrating and leather game qualification for Russia 2018. When a number of people thought impossible now looks plausible, Nigeria’s name will appear among the best football playing countries of the globe.
“Expectedly politicians, community leaders, sport buffs, football administrators and of course those at the commanding heights of governance at various level are falling over themselves to salute and identify with Amaju Pinnick as vice president CAF and match commissioner for third place in the world cup.
“It is most unfortunate when so people ended up embarrassing themselves in an attempt to disparage me mane and reputation of Amaju to satisfy the whims and caprices of their pay masters.” said AYA speaker