The Federal Government of Nigeria has congratulated the NFF president, Amaju Pinnick, on his victory at the CAF elections in Addis Ababa.
Pinnick defeated the incumbent Benin Republic’s Moucharafou Anjorin by 32 votes to 17 to become the third Nigerian to serve on the executive seat of CAF.
In a statement, Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, expressed happiness that a Nigerian is now in the inner caucus of CAF after many years.
“When I became minister, I asked why there was no Nigerian representative on the executive committee of CAF. With a population of over 170 million people, there was no way the CAF Executive Committee will be constituted without Nigerians as stakeholders. I encouraged the federation to try and ensure that they are represented, hence our support for the president of the NFF,” Dalung said in the statement.
“This is a big achievement for Nigeria and our re-entry into African football politics,” he added.
The Federal Government also seized the opportunity to felicitate with Ahmad Ahmad following his election as CAF president, but maintained its support for regional interest.
“Nigeria’s position remains in favour of our national interest but the will of the people has prevailed and we congratulate them all.”
The minister used the opportunity to advise the newly elected board to be magnanimous in victory and run an all-inclusive government.