August 21, 2017

I remain bitter over my impeachment —Lulu, ex-nff president

Former  President Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Alhaji Sani Lulu Abdullahi, said he is still hurt by the way and manner he was impeached and removed as the President of the federation, after serving meritoriously for four years.

Lulu expressed his bitterness while featuring as a guest of the Osun Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN)’s monthly stakeholders forum tagged “Osun SWAN Platform” in Osogbo.

According to him; “As I am talking to you here, I am not a happy man because some people stopped me from giving my service, my sincere service to my great country.

“Temporarily, in my life, one minute in 24 hours, I can say I am a very pained man. I am always bitter knowing I am still facing court prosecution on allegations of mismanagement of funds.

“I sometimes have to trek to Abuja while members of my administration, impeached with me, have to spend money to come to Abuja to attend court proceeding that had been on since I was removed in 2010.”

He said despite all that happened, he was still a patriotic Nigerian, who believed in the fight against corruption of the current administration, stating that he was optimistic, that soon, the fight would extend to his case and he would be vindicated of the charges against him.

“To show that I am innocent, the congress of the NFF impeached me in July 2010 but they quickly retracted the impeachment by December of the same year after I took the case to Court of Arbitration for Sports.

“I should be recalled as the NFF chairman after my impeachment was retracted but nothing of such was done. Instead, the EFCC was invited to investigate me and the NFF did not come to my defence.

“I am battling bitterness with this development but I remained prayerful and patient because I know God will vindicate me and I also believe that this present administration that doesn’t condone corruption will bring out the truth in my case” he said

Lulu however said he had put behind any ambition of returning as NFF chairman, either now or in the future, because he had nothing to go and pick in the Glass House but would rather concentrate on his Football Academy (Fosla) as a way of giving back to Nigeria.

Lulu established Folsa Football Acadamy in 2010/11 in Abuja (to assist and develop talented indigent secondary school students) after leaving the NFF, where he served as chairman from 2006 to 2010.