NFF: Clark calls for Sports Minister’s sacking over alleged disloyalty

Edwin Clark has called for the sacking of the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Mr. Solomon Dalung, for allegedly discrediting Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for recognising the Amaju-Pinnick-led Board of the Nigerian Football Federation.

The elder statesman who made the call in a statement on Saturday in Abuja said reports of “disloyalty and parochial utterances’’ credited to Dalung in various media reports were embarrassing.

According to Clark, for the minister to discredit the very patriotic and timely intervention of Osinbajo as Acting President, to recognise the Amaju Pinnick-led Board of the NFF is unacceptable.

The elder statesman further said there was no sense in the minister of sports discrediting a laudable action that saved Nigeria from the ban by the world football governing body, FIFA.

“This was an action taken by the Acting President at a very critical stage of our football history to avert FIFA’s ban on Nigeria.

“Osibanjo restored to the global platform of honour, an action commended by all and sundry, locally and internationally.

“If this action was not taken by the Acting President at the time he did, it would have been a disgrace and a setback for Nigerian football.

“But here is Mr Dalung, Nigeria’s Minister of Sports, who unfortunately, thinks and behaves differently.’’

Clark said the action of the vice president called for commendation and not condemnation.

“Instead of rejoicing and toeing the line of the government under which he is serving, he has, unfortunately, showed total disrespect and disloyalty for the Acting President and the government in his open show of ignorance and incompetence.’’

Clark quoted Dalung as saying, “As a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria who took oath of office to defend the constitution of the Federal  Republic of  Nigeria, I will  prefer to stand with the Rule of Law, instead of the opinion of men.

“We are a constitutional democracy and the doctrine of separation of powers is the foundation of democratic experience.

“Therefore, the Rule of Law is the only mechanism that guarantees liberty and freedom of citizens.

“This administration is elected on the change mantra, meaning that impunity has no accommodation anywhere.

“So, Nigerians must learn to believe and practice the doctrine of the Rule of Law. I believe we shall overcome this if we remain within the confines and dictates of the laws of our country.’’

Clark noted that the decision taken by Osibanjo was well informed, adding that, he is a Prof. of Law, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, and former Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice of Lagos State.

He stressed that Osibanjo had for decades, taken the oath of Office to defend the same Constitution and the Rule of Law.

“I also swore to the same oath when I qualified as a lawyer 53 years ago. What is the minister talking about defending the constitution and obeying the rule of law?

NAN
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