FIFA President, Sepp Blatter on Sunday commended the move by President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria to review an earlier stance to pull Nigeria out of international football for two years, describing him as a true leader of men with the love of his people at heart.
Speaking during a meeting with the new leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation at a morning meeting in
Johannesburg, South Africa, Blatter noted that only genuine leaders, not rulers, listen to the yearnings of their people and act accordingly.
“Nigeria is one of the key components of the football world, and a two year abstinence from the game from this beautiful game by the country would have left a vacuum. Please extend my warmest sporting regards to President Goodluck Jonathan,” said Blatter.
Blatter also pledged that the world’s governing body for the game will co-operate fully with the new leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation as endorsed at Friday’s Extra-Ordinary General Assembly in the Federal Capital, Abuja, while urging the new helmsmen to always operate with the statutes of the NFF.
He added that FIFA will be monitoring the situation in Nigeria football, while inviting the NFF Acting President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari, Acting 1st Vice President, Chief Obinna Ogba, Executive Committee Member, Dr. Peter Singabele and General Secretary, Dr. Bolaji Ojo-Oba to the official closing ceremony and final match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Soccer City same day.
At another meeting with the NFF leadership, also in Johannesburg, CAF President Issa Hayatou said he was bowled over the President Jonathan’s magnanimous move and equally pledged that CAF will co-operate with the new leadership in Nigeria football while urging them to abide by the statutes governing the game.