The attention of the Honourable Minister of Sports and Chairman of the National Sports Commission, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi has been drawn to news stories in the Punch newspaper of October 18th and 19th, which dwell on the allegations of corruption against the Board of the Nigeria Premier League.
As a result of this, the office of the Honourable Minister has been inundated with calls from journalists and sports stakeholders who seek his comments about the allegations against the NPL Board arising from the external auditor’s report.
While the Hon Minister is embarrassed by the issues raised in the report, he wishes to state that he has referred the matter to the Nigeria Football Federation, being the primary agency responsible for football in Nigeria.
The Honourable Minister believes the content of the external auditor’s report, without prejudice to the veracity of the allegations made, is inimical to the development of football and sports in general. While the Minister will exercise utmost restraint in interfering in these matters, he will not hesitate to discharge his full responsibilities as the foremost custodian of sports in Nigeria.
The Honourable Minister wishes to state that the doctrine of non-interference as espoused by the global football governing body, FIFA is primarily to enhance the development of football. However, the kind of issues at stake appears to neither serve the interest of Nigerian football nor that of FIFA.
Nevertheless, the Honourable Minister believes that all the issues at stake are still allegations until proven otherwise, while trusting that the NFF will ensure that justice is done on these issues and to all concerned.
SA (Media) to HM Sports
October 21, 2012