Amadu departure raises questions in House of Lies


They call the head office of the Nigeria Football Federation the Glass House. It might be more appropriate to call it House of Lies after the hit US tv series.

The latest in Nigeria's longest running soap opera is the resignation of the secretary-general Musa Amadu.

It's one the media didn't see coming and perhaps we should because the two big beasts in the NFF, Amadu and the still in his honeymoon phase president Amaju Pinnick have found that the town simply wasn't big enough for the two of them.

It's a nice flattering statement released on the NFF website, the federation said his name would be etched in gold when the history of Nigerian football was written.

Gold. How apt because media reports point to a clash between Amadu and Pinnick over $3.6 million being the reason behind the sudden resignation. It's the straw that broke the camel's back for Amadu.

Apparently Amadu was sacrificed for writing to the House that the money meant to be refunded to government from the World Cup fund had actually not been remitted, contrary to the notion presented to the committee whose understanding it was that the had money had been paid to government coffers.

Amadu was questioned for unilaterally writing to the house that the money was still intact and should be used to finance the Flying Eagles' participation at the ongoing CAF U-20 African Youth Championship campaign in Senegal.

In a move that came as a surprise, the National Assembly ordered against the return of the money to government. It reasoned that Jonathan's action was "interventionist" and backed by the laws of the land. The money was subsequently rolled over into the NFF 2015 budget, a development that increased the federation's appropriation to N3.17 billion.

An angry Pinnick told Amadu that his actions were not authorised and he should resign. Obviously the two could not work together, but it's unlikely Pinnick could sack Amadu.

Let's remember that Amadu led the NFF through the turmoil of the change from the Sani Lulu administration and then did it again when turmoil surrounded the end of the Maigari era. I can only describe him as a smooth, charming and urbane operator who had the respect of the secretariat.

Pinnick has literally been in office five minutes and the controversies and mutterings have already been rife. It's said he ran the Delta State FA like his personal fiefdom tolerating no opposition to his authority. It's different at national level. The Delta media may have been eating out of his hand but initiatives like his meet and greet trip to England have already been questioned.

Then there is the question of a coach for the Super Eagles. Five months and still it seems no closer to an appointment. There's a very hollow ring to the suggestion that Keshi is the man for the job.

It's a long time since a president of the NFF managed a second term. Too often they find themselves embroiled in scandal and while Pinnick may spin this one way perhaps he is already on the way out.

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