In a letter addressed to the President of the Nigerian Football Federation, Alhaji Aminu Maigari, the Secretary-General of FIFA, Jerome Valcke, has today confirmed that the country is no longer on the verge of being suspended from international football.
The letter stated that as a result of the "return to normalcy in the Nigerian Football Federation and compliance with conditions prescribed by the Emergency Committee of FIFA of September 3. The NFF is accordingly not suspended."
“This return to normality, as indicated in the correspondence from the President of the Nigerian federation to FIFA in a letter of 8th September, 2014, has been noted together with the reinstatement and return to work at the association headquarters in Abuja of the NFF president and staff to work without hindrance,” it ended.
The Secretary-General of FIFA also noted that people who claimed to have been elected to preside over the affairs of the Nigerian federation evacuated the premises of the institution.
NFF Secretary-General, Musa Amadu, had yesterday written to the world governing body informing them that he and four others returned to the Glass House and worked unhindered (which is one of the directives given by FIFA). Amadu also confirmed that in a chat with reporters yesterday, he has been working without any interruption, as demanded by FIFA.
“So far, I have been working unhindered, and we will see how it goes between now and the close of work today,” he concluded.
Chris Giwa (the controversial ex-NFF President) is yet to respond to yesterday’s developments as he was on his way to South Africa to assess the Eagles' preparations for tomorrow’s qualifier against the Bafana in Cape Town, but he has already taken FIFA to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS). As it appears, a lot is left to be seen in this saga that has engulfed Nigerian football since July.