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Buhari hails FIFA’s reforms, tasks NFF on accountability




President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the management of FIFA for its new reforms which he said are geared towards transparency.

The President stated this while receiving FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, and the Secretary-General, Fatma Samuora, adding that his administration will pay keen interest to accountability and transparency to fast-track football development in the country.

“Majority of Nigerians are married to football. In the rural areas, when there is no electricity and there is a game to watch, Nigerians go to the extent of renting small generators, popularly known as ‘I better-pass-my neighbour’ to watch the game.

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“We will take the development of football very seriously and I encourage the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to behave itself and organise effective competitions for the good of the game,’’ he said.

“Accountability is serious business and I welcome you (Infantino) into the club of accountable Chief Executive Officers,” the President said.

In his remarks, Infantino asked the Nigerian authorities to pay attention to infrastructure and find a lasting solution to the problem of violence and insecurity at match venues.

‘‘I foresee Nigeria as a bedrock for the development of the game in Africa, however infrastructure, stability and security are needed to make this happen, ’’ he said.

The FIFA officials were accompanied by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Barr. Solomon Dalung, NFF President, Amaju Pinnick and President, Nigeria Olympic Committee, Engr. Habu Gumel.

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